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Summer will end cold and dry for 2014

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Toledo, OH - The summer of 2014 is in the books. While the first day of astronomical fall is on September 22nd, meteorological summer ended on Sunday. The Meteorological season always starts at the beginning of the month about 3 weeks earlier than the astronomical season to help keep weather statistics consistent from year to year. Also the weather patterns for the season normally change a couple weeks before the start date.

With all of that said the summer of 2014 in Toledo will go into the books as cold and dry overall. We were 2.61" below average in the rainfall category. Or to put it in different terms we only got 74% of our average rainfall for the entire summer. When we did get rain it normally came without intense lightning and severe weather. The viewing area only had a couple isolated severe weather days. There were a total of 15 days where thunder was observed at the Toledo Express Airport. We average 20 in a given summer. Spring also lacked the typical storm coverage.

As for the temperature, July tied the 5th coldest July ever recorded. The overall average summer temperature was 1.27 degrees below average. So far we have only had a total of 4 90-degree days this year. We average 15 in a given year. Last year we reached 11 days at or above 90 degrees and the year before we had more than a month of 90 degree weather. June 17th was the hottest day this year with a high of 92 degrees. It is interesting to note that last year's hottest day of the year was 97 degrees on September 10th, so it is possible we haven't had the hottest weather yet this season. In 2012 the hottest day clocked in at 103 degrees. The coldest high temperature this summer was 68 degrees on June 4th and we hit 70 degrees for a high a couple times in the middle of the summer. The coldest temperature this summer season occurred on June 14th when the low was only 12 degrees above freezing at 44 degrees.

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