Summer 2012 Warmth Was No Recordbreaker

OSWEGO, NY – The summer of 2012 was a warm one; but it wasn’t a record-break, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

Autumn begins at 10:49 a.m. on Saturday.

For the purpose of recordkeeping, the NWS breaks the seasons into three-month blocks with summer being June, July and August.

The average temperature was 71.2 degrees. That is 2.7 degrees warmer than average, Gregway said.

Going back to 1855, that ties with the summer of 1876 for fifth warmest on record.

The warmest summer was 2005 with 73.0 degrees.

Last summer (2011) it was 70.8 degrees, which tied with the summer of 2010 for seventh on the all-time warmest list.

“We have been real warm for the past several years,” Gregway noted.

The highest temperature this summer was 94 degrees on Aug. 4. The lowest was 47 degrees on June 5.

“We only had four days where it was 90 degrees or warmer,” Gregway said. “But, we did have 36 days where it was 80 degrees or warmer.”

There were no new records set during the summer; but the 92 degrees reading on July 23 did tie the record for that date.

Each month since April 2011 has been above average temperature-wise, he added.

Total precipitation for the summer ended up at 6.29 inches. That’s 3.96 inches below normal.

Since the first of the year, the total is 19.69 inches, which is 7.03 inches below average.

The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period was 1.16 inches on June 12.

Precipitation fell on 32 days and no precipitation fell on 60 days.

The number of cloudy days this summer, 23, was two below average.

The number of partly cloudy days, 42, was seven above average.

The number of clear days, 27, was five below average.

“The number of clear days isn’t too bad. We had an awful lot of sun this summer,” Gregway said. “We received 69 percent of the possible amount of sunshine. That’s three percentages above average.”

There were eight thunderstorm days, which is eight below average for summer.

Summer 2012 had no foggy days. That is one below normal.

The highest barometric pressure was 30.28 on Aug. 26. The lowest was 29.58 on July 26.

There wasn’t much wind this summer, Gregway said.

The strongest winds were southwesterly, greater than 50 mph, in front of a thunderstorm on July 31, he added.

According to the NWS outlook for fall, September and October will see above average temperatures.

“I’m not too sure about September,” Gregway said. “We’ll have to see how things finish up. “November is forecast to be below average temperature and the winter looks to be cold and snowy.”