How hot was this summer?

We all know this summer was hot, but how hot was it? Meteorologist Alexandra Kent decided to dive into the statistics and find out.

For this analysis, we took the climate data from the Victoria Regional Airport site for meteorological summer (June, July, and August) and September. We also used the climate normal to compare to this year. The climate normal is basically the average of the temperature or precipitation values over a 30 year period. This is also called the “normal” value.

The numbers don’t lie; if you thought it was boiling this summer and even September, you were right! While June was about on par with climate normals, the other three months were not.

In July, we can normally expect 4.18 inches based on the 30 year climate normal. In 2019, we experienced probably one of the driest months on record with only a little more than a quarter of an inch (0.33 inches). That is almost a 4 inch deficit in rainfall. So July was definitely one of our driest months, followed by August with a 1.04 inch deficit compared to normal.

The stand out months in terms of temperature were August and September. When compared with averages, August 2019 was above average temperature by about 3 degrees. August daily high temperatures were on average almost 4 degrees hotter than the normal. 26 days in August were spent above the average daily high for the month, which is 95°F. In addition to this, August also had 2 weeks with highs above 100°F!

For September, this month was definitely a hot one compared to climate data. In September, we had 28 days spent above the normal daily high temperature. That’s the majority of the month! Our September 2019 average temperature was 5°F above the climate normal average temperature. In addition to all of these sweltering facts, there were ZERO nights with low temperatures below or equal to the average daily minimum temperature. All 30 nights of September 2019 were spent with low temperatures above the average minimum for September, which for reference is 75°F.

In conclusion, this summer (and beginning of fall) has been on the unusual side for the Crossroads. This was not only based on the intuition of our viewers and the weather team, but also recorded as facts in the historical data. The only summers to top this summer were 2011 and 2010. Hopefully we won’t be seeing another sweltering summer for a long time here in the Crossroads.