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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published September 03 2013

Weather Talk: 2013 saw second straight warm, dry summer in F-M

The summer of 2013 finished with an average temperature of 70.1 degrees, which is 1.3 degrees above the current 30-year average. Each of the three summer months was slightly above average.

As a comparison, the summer of 2012 had an average high of 71.8 degrees, while the summer of 2011 average was 70.7 degrees.

Total rainfall this past summer was 9.02 inches, which is very close to the average of 9.25 inches. About 43 percent of the entire summer rainfall fell on one day in June, and many parts of the metro area got much less than the gauge at Hector International Airport that day.

Had that rain missed the airport, the summer of 2013 would have ranked as one of the driest on record. In fact, July and August combined to be the fifth-driest such period on record, with only 1.39 inches being recorded at the airport.

For much of the area, it was the second straight warm and dry summer, pushing the area back into drought status once again.

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