June Was Warmer, Wetter Than Average

OSWEGO, NY – June 2008 goes into the record book a lot warmer than average and a bit wetter.

“We were the fourth warmest June in the last 100 years,” according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the national Weather Service.

High winds and heavy rain caused plenty of damage on June 10.It wasn’t too big of a deal, he said, pointing out the warmest on record is 71.7 degrees (set just a couple years ago in 2005) and last month had an average temperature of 68.8 degrees.

That’s 3.5 degrees above average, he said.

The highest temperature was 87 degrees on the 6th and the lowest was 50 degrees on the 1st.

There were no temperatures in the 90s and no records set last month.

Total precipitation for June was 4.32 inches. That’s 0.90-inch above average.

The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period was 1.78 inches on the 28th.

“The majority of all that rain fell mostly in the morning,” Gregway pointed out.

The area also saw more than an inch of rain on the 10th (1.05 inches) during another windy storm, he added.

“That’s when we had our strongest winds,” he said. “They were southwesterly early in the day and anywhere between 60 to 70 mph in some places causing a lot of damage. We also had some reports of hail.”

Since the first of the year, the precipitation stands at 24.02 inches. That’s 4.13 inches more than normal, Gregway said, adding “we are still running over for the year.”

He credited that to the wet February and March this year.

“What looked to be a dry month wound up wetter than normal thanks to just 2 days really, Gregway observed.

The driest June is 1955 (0.21-inch) and the wettest is 1889 (9.81 inches).

The number of cloudy days, 11, was 2 above normal.

The number of partly cloudy days, 17, was 6 above normal.

The number of clear days, 2, was 8 below normal.

“Sunshine was way down last month,” Gregway said.

The area received 54 percent of the possible amount of sunshine, but that was 11 percentages below where it should be, he added.

There were 5 thunderstorms in June, which is normal. And there was 1 foggy day, which is normal.

“Overall, June’s weather wasn’t that bad,” Gregway noted.