Weather Watch 7-17-10

June 2010 continued the string of above normal temperatures that began in January, but only by a small margin. The biggest story of the month was the above average amount of precipitation which helped to end the mini-drought that developed in the last weeks of May.

The average high temperature was 75.6 degrees and the average low was 54.8 degrees, giving us an average of 65.2 degrees - only 0.3 degree above normal. The highest temperature of 86 degrees was recorded on the 19th and the lowest temperature of 41 degrees was recorded on the 9th. This low temperature worried some area gardeners as frost was predicted for some locations. There were no 90 degree days compared to an average of 2.

Rainfall for the month was 5.94 inches - 1.75 inches above normal and the fifth wettest on record. The wettest June was in 2006 when 9.30 inches was recorded and the driest June was in 1988 when only 1.00 inch fell. Our seasonal total is now 22.25 inches - 1.88 inches above normal. Rain fell on 19 days with the greatest amount of 1.40 inches recorded on the 27th.

The heating season officially ended at the end of the month although most homeowners stop heating their homes in May. This year the heating season was easier on the heating bills as only 7337.5 degree days were recorded - 552.5 degree days less than normal and the fifth lowest on record. In the winter of 1994, which is the coldest on record, there were 8684 degree days. The winter of 2005 was the warmest on record with only 7185 degree days. Last winter was considerably colder than this past winter, as 8073.5 degree days were recorded.

The river reached its highest level of 5.89 feet on the 29th after the large rainfall and its lowest level of 2.62 feet on the 1st, after the dry spell at the end of May.

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