Where are the 90 degrees?Cool enough for you? Although this summer can’t be accurately summed up as being cold, it’s been far from sizzling hot.
By: Al Edenloff, Alexandria Echo Press
Cool enough for you?
Although this summer can’t be accurately summed up as being cold, it’s been far from sizzling hot.
In fact, the temperature has yet to hit 90 degrees in Alexandria.
That hasn’t happened in 16 years.
The hottest it got last month was 85 degrees on July 23, according to AccuWeather.com.
Temperatures have peaked into the 90s at least once every single July dating back to 1997. And that summer, temperatures soared past 90 twice in June.
Two other months of July in the last 15 years also avoided the 90 mark – 1996 and 1994. But once again, temperatures climbed into the 90s once or twice in June.
This summer, there have been no 90 degree days – zip, nada, zilch in May, June or July.
The last time that happened was 1993, according to AccuWeather.com. That “cool spell,” however, quickly ended in August when temperatures soared into the 90s three times.
The average temperature for July 2009 was 70.5 degrees – 4 degrees below normal.
Along with the lack of extreme heat is a lack of rainfall. The precipitation total through July was three-quarters of an inch – 2.54 inches less than the average July precipitation of 3.29 inches.
It would have been even drier if not for a short cloudburst on July 31 that delivered .28 inches of rain.
Sun worshipers seeking more intense summer heat may find it soon, however.
The long-range forecast calls for temperatures to finally hit the 90 mark on August 11.