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Fall officially began on Wednesday… but the calendar does not control the weather, and the first day of Fall felt more like summer. So with the onset of Autumn… lets take a look back at summer 2015:
We put together the summer data for Poughkeepsie (the only official station in the HV). We looked at the statistics from the first day of summer, thru the last.
In terms of temperatures, summer started out cool, with June ending almost a degree below average. That was thanks in part to rain in the area. July and August were warm… but not exceptionally so. We had some hot days, but in general… summer was what you might expect: warm. It’s not until the final days of summer, that we really got hot. The first 3 weeks of September were 6° above average! We had 3 consecutive days that set record high temperatures (7th – 95°, 8th – 97°, 9th – 95°), and we’ve been warm ever since.
From start to finish… summer was 2.62° above average. For comparison, last summer was 0.4° above average. But last summer our analysis was more traditional, and only looked at June, July and August (meteorological summer). If we apply the same method to 2015, June – August was 1.3° above average. So summer 2015 was slightly warmer than 2014.
We saw almost as much rain in the last week of June, as we saw the entire month of July. Based on that statistic… it’s no surprise that rainfall was well below average. Poughkeepsie saw 7.64″ of rain between the 1st day and last day of summer… we should have seen nearly double that. But here’s a couple graphics to help you see a more clear picture of the Hudson Valley’s summer rainfall:
Anywhere you see green on this map, was less than 12 inches of rain… which is below average. Only the areas in yellow were near or above average in terms of summer rainfall… and those areas, were due to summer time thunderstorms persisting longer than other areas. How does this rainfall compare to average?
A large portion of the Hudson Valley was well below average in rainfall over the summer season. Many places between 50% and 75% of normal. But the good news… is that even with the lack of summer rainfall, the Hudson Valley is not in severe drought at this point.
In fact, it’s only been recently that the lower HV has been classified in a moderate drought. The HV spent most of the summer as “abnormally dry”. Many fans have expressed concern about drought and wells running dry. In short… conditions are not nearly as bad as some may think. With a little luck, we’ll squash these dry conditions in the coming months.
So there you have it… a look back at the Summer of 2015. Next up… we’ll be taking a look forward, to the Winter of 15-16. Stay tuned…