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Summer 2014 Was Cooler Than Average With Some Damaging Winds

The July storm felled several trees and also heavily damaged some homes.

The July storm felled several trees and also heavily damaged some homes.

OSWEGO, NY – Summer 2014 goes into the record books just a tad cooler and a little wetter. But it will mostly be remembered for the damaging winds in early July, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

Fall officially starts at 10:29 p.m. Sept. 22, the autumnal equinox.

A strong windstorm in July caused a lot of damage on Oswego's east side.
A strong windstorm in July caused a lot of damage on Oswego’s east side.

For his record keeping, Gregway lumps the seasons into 3-month groups with June, July and August being summer.

The average temperature for this summer was 67.8 degrees. That is just 0.7-degree below average.

There were no 90s and no records, Gregway pointed out.

The highest temperature was 89 degrees on July 1 and the lowest was 47 degrees on June 14.

Summer had 24 days where the high was in the 80s.

The overnight low was in the 70s on 4 occasions – 1 in both June and August and 2 in July.

Total precipitation for the summer months came in at 11.04 inches. That is just 0.79-inch above average, Gregway said.

“It would have really been dry had it not been for the last part of July. The greatest precip in 24 hours was 1.48 inches on July 28. And July 27 received 1.36 inches,” he said.

July’s total precipitation was 3.03 inches with those 2 days accounting for 2.84 inches of it, he added.

Measurable precipitation fell on 37 days and no precipitation was recorded on 55 days.

Since the first of the year to the end of the summer months, total precipitation stands at 27.05 inches. That is 0.33-inch above average.

The number of cloudy days, 30, was 1 above average.

The number of partly cloudy days, 40, was 4 above average.

The number of clear days, 22, was 5 below average.

The area received 58 percent of the possible amount of sunshine this summer. That is 8 percentages below normal.

There were 15 thunderstorm days. That’s 1 below average.

Summer had 5 foggy days, which is 4 above average.

The highest barometric pressure was 30.27 on July 5. The lowest was 29.46 on July 8 and corresponds with the strongest winds for the summer.

“We had southwesterly winds on July 8 at more than 40 mph,” Gregway said. “In some places they were greater than 50 mph and caused a great deal of damage.”

The July storm felled several trees and also heavily damaged some homes.
The July storm felled several trees and also heavily damaged some homes.

There wasn’t a lot of wind this summer, Gregway said.

“The exception is the micro-burst on July 8. We had a sharp thunderstorm and heavy rain. We received 0.56-inch between 6 and 6:15 p.m.,” he said.

It was a rather cool summer, Gregway said. The most recent coolest was in 2009 when it was just 66.3 degrees, he added.

The warmest summer was 73.0 degrees in 2005. The coolest was 63.2 degrees in 1869.

Summer 2013 was 0.4-degree warmer than average. There were 2 days in the 90s.

Precipitation was 3.0 inches above average. The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period was 2.52 inches on June 6, 2013.

“Last year, summer was wetter but mild,” Gregway said. “Definitely warmer than summer 2014.”