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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published July 08 2012

Weather Talk: Region is experiencing sunny summer so far

We are getting spoiled. After an almost nonexistent winter and an early spring, our region is experiencing a remarkably sunny summer so far.

Historically, about a third of the month of June is disappointingly cool and cloudy. It is not unusual for the weather to turn drizzly and chilly (for summer) for several days at a time. But since June 1, there have only been five days that were entirely or mostly cloudy and none of those days was particularly drizzly. Twenty-one of the 37 days so far in June and July have had 90 percent or more of possible sunshine.

There are no long-term records of sunshine percentage, so there is no way of establishing precisely how unusual this weather has been, but we have been in some kind of vitamin D heaven. It stands to reason that most of our really dry summers of the past have also been relatively sunny. I remember there being day after day of sunshine during the drought in 1988 and 1989, and I think we can assume the sun shone brightly much of the time back in the 1930s as well. But most of our region has received enough rain this summer. So the sunshine is something we can enjoy guilt-free.


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