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Summer 2013 Was Rather ‘So-So’

OSWEGO, NY – The summer of 2013 goes into the record book nice and wet and so-so, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

For the purpose of his record keeping, Gregway breaks the seasons into 3-month blocks with summer being June, July and August.

This year, June was wet, July was nice and August was just so-so,” he said.

Red sky at night ... an Oswego summertime delight
Red sky at night … an Oswego summertime delight

Fall starts on Sept. 22 at 4:45 p.m.

The average temperature for summer was 68.9 degrees. That is just 0.4-degree warmer than average.

Summer 2013’s highest temperature, 94 degrees, came on July 19. The lowest, 47 degrees, came on June 20.

“We had 2 days where it was 90 degrees or warmer, both came in July. We also had 29 days where it was 80 degrees or warmer, 15 of those were in July. July was 2.2 degrees warmer than average. It was a warm one,” Gregway said. “And, the overnight low was 70 degrees or above 15 times, with 11 of them in July.”

This summer was the coolest since it was 66.3 degrees in 2009, Gregway pointed out.

“The last 3 have all been in the 70s,” he added.

Total precipitation for summer was 13.36 inches. That is 3.11 inches above average.

“We were more than 7 inches in June,” Gregway pointed out. “June had 7.10 inches, which is 3.68 inches more than average for the month.”

The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period was 2.52 inches on June 6.

At the end of August (summer) total precipitation stands at 26.85 inches. That is 0.13-inch above average.

The number of cloudy days, 33, was 8 above average.

The number of partly cloudy days, 38, was 3 above average.

The number of clear days, 21, was 11 below average.

The amount of possible sunshine was also below average, he said.

There were 12 thunderstorms, which is 4 below average.

The number of foggy days, 4, was 3 more than normal.

Precipitation fell on 45 days. No precipitation fell on 47 days.

There were 2 records set in summer. On June 1, 88 degrees broke the old record high of 87 degrees in 1875. And, on July 25, 51 degrees broke the old record low of 52 degrees in 1984.

The highest barometric pressure was 30.36 on Aug. 24 and 25. The low was 29.50 on June 29.

The strongest wind was a brief gust out of the west-northwest at more than 50 mph on July 17.

The warmest summer on record is 73.0 degrees in 2005. The coolest is 63.2 degrees in 1869.

The summer of 2012 was 2.7 degrees warmer than average.

There were 4 days when it was 90 degrees or warmer in the summer of 2012. The highest temperature was 94 degrees.

Total precipitation for that summer was 4 inches above average. But Gregway said, for the year it was still 7 inches below average.