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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published August 21 2012

Weather Talk: Switch to cooler temps lowers summer’s ranking

With a little more than a week left in the month, this August so far has been averaging nearly 3 degrees below average.

The past three weeks have been quite the departure from the first two months of summer. June and July combined was the second warmest such stretch on record. Only 1988 had a warmer start to summer than this year, meaning that the past two months had a higher average temperature than the infamous summer of 1936. But that exceptionally warm period quickly ended as August started, and these past three weeks have been the coolest start to August since the cold summer of 2004.

This switch to cooler temperatures has also lowered the ranking of this summer. After starting the month ranked as the second warmest, that ranking has fallen to No. 4. Projecting the temperatures for the rest of the month, the summer of 2012 will perhaps end up ranked as the fifth- or sixth-warmest on record. That’s still impressive, but it will not end up as warm as 1988 or 1936.

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