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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published August 28 2013

Weather Talk: Weather facts shed light on school start debate

The discussion about starting school in September because of hot weather has revolved around general statements. Here are the facts:

Over the past 10 years, the 20-day period from Aug. 21 through Sept. 10 has produced an average of 1.8 days in the 90s and 8.5 days in the 80s.

Over the past 10 years, the 20-day period from May 21 through June 10 produced an average of 0.9 days in the 90s and 4.5 days in the 80s.

So, weather in the 80s or the 90s is about twice as likely this time of year than

in early summer.

In addition, the buildings without air conditioning are hot this time of year from heat built up all summer as opposed to June when the ground, pavement and basements are still cool from spring.


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