Monday, September 1, 2014

A Summer for the Record Books

The National Weather Service has released the latest climate statistics for August, and the combined July/August temperatures are really amazing.

Seattle had its warmest July/August on record.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
500 AM PDT TUE SEP 2 2014

..WARMEST JULY AND AUGUST ON RECORD IN SEATTLE...
..SECOND YEAR IN A ROW WITH A WARM MIDDLE OF THE SUMMER...

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR JULY 1ST THROUGH AUGUST 31ST THIS YEAR 
IN SEATTLE WAS 69.2 DEGREES. THIS IS THE WARMEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 
FOR THIS TWO MONTH PERIOD ON RECORD BREAKING THE OLD RECORD OF 68.8 
DEGREES SET IN 1967.

This is also true at Spokane, Wenatchee, and Lewiston

Here are the numbers from the NWS.

SITE: SPOKANE (RECORDS BEGAN 1881)
JULY/AUGUST AVERAGE TEMP    YEAR    RANK
74.0                        2014    1
73.5                        1998    2
73.3                        1958    3
73.1                        2013    4
72.9                        1930    5
SITE: LEWISTON (RECORDS BEGAN 1881)
JULY/AUGUST AVERAGE TEMP    YEAR    RANK
78.5                        2014    1 (TIED)
78.5                        1939    1
78.1                        1898    3
77.9                        2013    4
77.7                        1906    5
SITE: WENATCHEE AIRPORT (RECORDS BEGAN 1959)
JULY/AUGUST AVERAGE TEMP    YEAR    RANK
78.9                        2014    1
77.8                        1961    2
77.3                        1998    3
77.0                        1967    4

76.7                        1971    5

 Olympia had their second warmest July/Augusts on record.

The record-loving folks among you will now turn to the official summer season ending on September 21st.  We are going to warm up later this week, so we have a shot at it.  Stay tuned.

2 comments:

Troy said...

Yuck! I'm so ready for fall!

clive boulton said...

I'll bet the grapes were stressed a bit.

Any truth to climate change causing the Pacific Northwest grapes to take over from Napa?