CLEVELAND, Ohio — With fall near, Northeast Ohio is coming off a warmer than usual summer.
The three summer months — June, July and August — together had an average temperature about a degree above normal, AccuWeather senior meteorologist Dave Samuhel said. July was the eighth-warmest July since records began in 1871. The hottest July on record was in 1955.
Over the summer, 16 days had temperatures above 90 degrees — double the normal number of 90-plus-degree days.
June was slightly above normal temperatures, and drier, with about about 70% of normal rainfall, Samuhel said. August was about average temperature, but wet rainfall: 5.64 inches compared to 3.5.
National Weather Service Cleveland meteorologist Keith Jaszka agreed.
June’s average temperature was 70 degrees, a degree above normal. The average temperature in July was 77 degrees, 3 degrees above normal, and August’s average temperature was a normal 72 degrees.
Compared to other parts of the nation, Cleveland’s weather looks peaceful. Samuhel said some cities such as Phoenix had their hottest summer ever.
The West Coast has dealt with raging wildfires, with over 4 million acres of land burned in Oregon, California and Washington. Hurricane Laura hit parts of Louisiana and Texas during August. Hurricane Sally, now a tropical depression, has affected parts of Florida and Alabama.
Northeast Ohio saw widespread flooding on Labor Day, and global warming could contribute to more frequent floods in the area. With Ohio not near coastal waters, though, storms and occasional tornadoes are the lone forms of extreme weather the state has to handle in the summer.
“Probably the biggest weather event that stands out would be the severe thunderstorm outbreak that we had on June 10,” Jaszka said. “That resulted in widespread, damaging wind gusts across not only northern Ohio, but the state as a whole.”
Though climate change is a burdening issue, Jaszka said it’s possible more intense thunderstorms will come in the future, but it’s difficult to say whether more are in store for Midwestern cities.
“It’s tough to tell for sure, but with a warmer atmosphere, it can hold more water vapor,” Jaszka said. “And that combination of warmer temperatures and higher humidity results in what we call greater instability. In other words more fuel for the development and maintenance of thunderstorms.”
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