The summer of 2013 was somewhat quiet. There was only one heat wave in July, that lasted 6 days. Severe weather was very minimal this summer as well. As far as the heat, well there really wasn't too much of it.
Take a look at how many 90+ degree days there were this year compared to last year.
About half as many.
This also includes the month of May which is technically not part of summer.
Last summer, 27 days were at or above 90 degrees.
This summer the number was about half of that of last year.
The normal, is 22 days at or above 90 degrees. We were absolutely well below normal this year. Although the heat wasn't oppressive this year, the humidity seemed to be higher. That can be attributed to the widespread rain this summer. With dry conditions, as in last summer, temperatures can climb much higher with dry air.
When there is more humidity in place, temperatures can warm but not as high with dry air. Some of the humidity likely came from the saturated soils. High soil moisture will promote evaporation of the moisture and also cool the the air. That's because evaporation is a cooling process. Higher soil moisture also tends to lead to an increase in the dew point, and a higher dew point means more humid conditions. That was absolutely in place this summer.
One other side note is that this summer, the hottest temperature reached was 94 degrees.
That's much better than stats from last summer.
In the summer of 2012 there were 10 days at or above 95 degrees, with three days over 100 degrees!
We didn't even get close to that this year.
Although this summer did seem to have much more moisture, I was surprised when I added up the rainfall amounts.
Last summer actually had higher rainfall, but that was also mainly due to a few individual thunderstorms. Thunderstorm rain is not widespread. Last summer even with the higher rainfall amounts, there were dry conditions pronounced through much of the summer, and much of the year last year.
These numbers are all from Harrisonburg, at our studio so rainfall amounts will vary greatly through the area.
This is the most recent updated drought conditions for the state, and notice the yellow.
That's the first time since the spring that dry conditions have been noted in the Commonwealth.
So far for September rain hasn't been very plentiful.
Although we received some much needed rain this past Saturday. Right now, conditions look to dry out as we head into at least the next week.
Not always good for the soil, but the dry afternoons, and cool nights are just what the leaves need to change into bright vibrant colors.