Summer 2010: Just How Hot & Dry Was It?
Meteorologically speaking, summer has already come to an end. The National Weather Service considers summer to run from June 1st through August 31st. If this means we can put extreme heat behind us, I'm guessing there will be few complaints. While we could still have a few hot days, it's time to look back at the summer of 2010.
Facebook fans were very chatty about the heat and dry conditions the past season brought our way. It seems everyone is ready for a change in the weather. There's good reason. Our summer was a record hot one! Our average temperature came in at 81.0º. If you remember the 50s, 2010 probably felt a little familiar. We also had an average temperature of 81.0º during the summers of 1952 and 1954.
That's not the only record we went for this year. The lack of any breaks in the heat almost made it into the record books. We managed to go 37 days in a row, with highs at or above 90º (three of which hit 104º). The longest streak was actually 38 days, back in the summer of 1993.
While the most intense heat might be behind us, the dry weather is still taking a toll. Much of the region is in a moderate drought. The summer of 2010 brought us 7.89" of rain. This makes it the 17th driest summer. We're still running between 8 and 9" below average.
Here's hoping our fall truly is a season of change. However, a quick look at the seasonal outlook suggests our warmer and drier than average trends will continue.