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June skews this summer's numbers a bit


For many meteorological purposes, we define summer to be "June-August" rather than the typical astronomical summer of June 21-September 22 (from the summer solstice to autumnal equinox).

So, when looking at the three summer months, the averages are pretty varied. It's been a long time ago, but June was well above normal, with 12 days over 90 and a peak of 100 (using representative number for Northeast Kansas). That was 2.4 degrees above average for June.

However, only 11 days since then have topped 90. That put us as one of the top five coolest July's ever with an average temperature 3.8 degrees below the normal July temperature.

August was nearly as cool, we're ending August 2.5 degrees below average. But since June gets factored into the meteorological equation, we end up with a cooler-than-average summer, but not one for the books. In fact, we didn't crack the top 20 coolest summers on record. Maybe so, but I still can't remember a summer that had so little punch to it. 2009 may be remembered as a year of recession by many, but for this weather geek I'll remember it for the summer that wasn't.


hujiko 8 years, 9 months ago

Good article, I too will endlessly refer back to this summer as something very unlike Kansas.

unelectable 8 years, 9 months ago

Just think of all the first year students at KU who think this is what summer is like in Lawrence. HA!

corey872 8 years, 9 months ago

I don't know how the numbers officially stack up, but the next coolest summer which comes to mind was '91. I remember this well because I was excited to finally get a place with AC after the blazing summer of '90. Then Mount Pinatubo erupted and we had a cool, wet summer with hardly any need for the AC.

blessed3x 8 years, 9 months ago

There was a summer 4 or 5 years back that was unseasonably cool. I remember it well, because we bought a family pool pass and then it was too cool to go to the pool for most of the summer.

...yeah, I'm a tight wad and it'd ticked me off!

mwmiller 8 years, 9 months ago


I bet you're thinking of 2005. That, too, was off and on a pretty cool summer.

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