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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published July 21 2013

Weather Talk: First half of summer closes as 11th-warmest on record

The first half of climatological summer (June 1 through July 16) finished with an average temperature of 65.8 degrees. That ranks as the 11th-warmest such period on record. Although June only finished 1.3 degrees above average, the first half of July averaged nearly 5 degrees above normal.

This summer is running only about 1 degree cooler than last year, which ranked as the fourth-warmest summer on record. Plus, although the total precipitation this season locally is running well above average, principally because the airport was hit by a localized heavy rain event, many areas have had very little moisture in the past three weeks, and the many spots that missed out on those heavy rains, although not as dry as last year, are in great need of some moisture.

This summer is certainly not 2012, but for some, it is not as different as you may think – at least for now.

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