Thursday, July 30, 2015

August rarity

It came close today, but the official temperature has yet to hit 90 this month.

August rarity

0 comments

Only four times in the last 100 years has the official temperature failed to reach 90 at least once in the month of August, and the last time it happened was almost three decades ago, in 1984.

With four days to go, this month has a shot at becoming No. 5. Offically at Philadelphia International Airport the high topped out at 89 today, and the forecast is looking similar the next few days.

The other three 90-less Augusts since 1910 occurred in 1927, 1946, and 1963.

In the old days, an August without a 90 was no big deal. In the first 37 years of the period of the temperature record, which dates to 1874, Philadelphia had 10 of them, including four in a row from 1901 to 1904.

While it is true that the level of urbanization in those days doesn't compare with today's, before 1940 the official temperatures were taken downtown.

As we mentioned, the summer of 2013 is going to finish slightly above normal for he June 1-Aug. 31 period, with August a relative breath of fresh air.

Through yesterday, the temperature for the month stood at 2.9 degrees below normal.

Inquirer Weather Columnist
0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

Tony Wood Inquirer Weather Columnist
Also on Philly.com
letter icon Newsletter