OSWEGO, NY – “Hot town, summer in the city…”
The lyrics to the classic rock song are true – at least for the next few days.
Summer officially begins today (June 20) and will be greeted by temperatures near 90. It will be more of the same tomorrow.
It’s not a surprising start to summer, given that the spring of 2012 goes into the record books as the hottest ever, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.
The average temperature for spring was 51.7 degrees.
That is 6.8 degrees higher than average.
“Going back to 1884, that puts us at number 1,” he said.
“That’s almost a full degree warmer than the previous record spring,” said with a laugh. “Spring 2010 was the warmest at 50.8 degrees. We went more than 120 years without breaking the record and then bam twice within a couple years.”
For purposes of his recordkeeping, Gregway breaks the seasons into three-month blocks. Spring is March, April and May.
All three months were warmer than average; part of a string more than a year long now.
Eight high temperature records were set and one more was tied.
Precipitation was about 3.11 inches down, Gregway noted.
“The hay, strawberries and other things all seem to be about two weeks ahead of schedule,” he observed. “We’ve had a nice spring, even if it’s been on the dry side.”
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