August 31st is the official last day of meteorological summer. With the many records we've broken due to extreme heat and drought, it's only fitting to give you a summer recap.
The meteorological summer began June 1st and ends August 31st. This summer we've set the record for the warmest month of all time for our area, with 15 days of temperatures in the 90s, which hasn't happened since 1999. Let's take you through month by month.
Starting with June. It set the record for the 10th driest June. Only 1.35 inches of rain was recorded for the entire month. It was also very warm. There was 1 heatwave with a total of 4 days with temperatures in the 90s. It was only 1.8 degrees away from making the top 10 warmest Junes on record.
Now to July. This month was much warmer than normal. It broke the record for the 3rd warmest July on record. Also, it made 4th place for the warmest month of all time. There was one heatwave, but 7 days of temperatures in the 90s. This sizzling month had high temperatures in the 80s to 90s everyday except for one day at 77 degrees.
This warm weather has extended into the past month too. August was only 1.6 degrees away from the top 10 warmest Augusts on record. We also had 2 days of temperatures in the 90s. This is unusual because it's about 12 degrees warmer than normal August temperatures.
Overall, this past summer was much warmer than normal with quite a few dry spells. However, the Atlantic is seeing a more active than normal hurricane season so far. An average hurricane season produces about 12 named storms. This season has already had 13 named storms and we haven't even reached the peak of the season, which is in the middle of September. This set an all time record for the first year that has ever had 9 named storms before August and now 13 named storms before September. And it's not going to stop there. This season is expected to produce around 19-25 named storms, which is 7-13 more storms than normal.
Looking ahead to fall now. Warm weather looks to continue. Meteorological fall begins September 1st until November 30th. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center determined that this fall looks to have above average temperatures for the northeast. Looking at precipitation for this fall, the southeast will be above normal, the southwest to Rocky Mountains below normal, and the northeast near average precipitation.
If you've enjoyed the warm weather we've had this summer, it looks to stick around into fall. And if you're already thinking about winter, stay tuned for our winter show in early November.