WASHINGTON — As August begins, it may seem that this summer has been on the cool side. Many question whether the Washington area should expect these mild temperatures to last.
While many homeowners enjoyed turning off the air conditioning a few times last month, ABC7 meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts says so far our summer temperatures are average.
She says she’s been hearing from listeners and viewers who think, understandably, that it’s been a cooler summer on the whole.
“It always is, ‘Oh it’s so cool now. It’s going to turn into a harsh winter.’ That doesn’t apply here,” Ricketts says.
In fact, she has looked at major snow events dating back to 1889, trying to find a hint in the summer that preceded them.
“We’ve been cooler; we’ve been warmer and right around normal. So there’s really no correlation,” she says.
Before the huge blizzards in December 2008 and February 2009, the measured temperature at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport was -0.1 degree below the normal average for the summer.
The numbers so far this summer are as follows:
June 2014 at Dulles:
July 2014 at Dulles:
Ricketts says that in July, Dulles had five days in the 70s and six days of overnight lows in the 50s.
Summer 2014 overall at Dulles:
June 2014 at DCA:
July 2014 at DCA:
Summer 2014 overall at DCA:
June 2014 at BWI:
July 2014 at BWI:
Summer 2014 overall at BWI:
And it’s worth noting that the summer is not over yet. But the overall data above refers to the data collected so far in the meteorological summer — June, July and August.