WASHINGTON – What a summer we’ve had. It even continued into the beginning of September with five out of the first seven days at 90 degrees or higher.
However, we had our fair share of nice stretches of 70/80 degree days with low humidity and then just a few consecutive days that led to oppressive heat.
While it seems we may have had a mild summer, the numbers will divulge the truth. The devil is in the details and the details tell a different story.
I was even surprised with my findings. Thank goodness the National Weather Service breaks down all sorts of information from each month to let us know exactly what happened. Let me break it down for you to see about this “mild” summer — or was it?
In Washington, D.C. (measured at Ronald Reagan National Airport or DCA):
For the meteorological summer (June 2014 – August 2014), the temperature, believe it or not, was 0.4 degrees ABOVE our average summer temperature. Our normal temperature for summer is 77.7 degrees and we top out around 78.2 for an average temperature.
According to my calculations, with an average summer temperature of 77.7 degrees, it was the 114th coolest summer out of 144 summers on record dating back to 1871. In other words, DCA had the 30th warmest summer on record from records dating back to 1871 (thank you warm overnight lows that factored into the average).
At Dulles International Airport in Loudoun County, Virginia:
For the meteorological summer (June 2014- August 2014), the temperature was 2.0 degrees below normal. Our normal temperature for summer is at Dulles Airport is 74.8 degrees. This summer Dulles measured a temperature of 72.8 degrees. That is a pretty cool summer for the Dulles area. For Dulles International Airport in Loudoun County, the numbers tell a different tale. Considering this summer was 2.0 degrees below our normal temperature, Dulles Airport had the 11th coolest summer on record with records only going back to 1964.
At Baltimore-Washington Airport:
For the meteorological summer (June 2014- August 2014), Baltimore-Washington International Airport was 1 degree below normal. The normal temperature recorded at this airport is 74.8 and the temperature recorded this summer was 73.8. In addition to that, five daily low records were broken and all temperatures were recorded in the 50s.
A very cool and wet one for the Baltimore area! The summertime average was 73.8 degrees for the summer of 2014, which puts this summer as the 21st coolest since 1871.
In my next blog: What does this mean for this winter coming up? We take a look back at summer’s preceding historical winters.