Summer in review 

Posted: 6:22 am Thursday, September 6th, 2018

By Kirk Mellish

It was certainly not one of our famous blast furnace summers with endless 90+ weeks and many 95-105 days with drought as we’ve seen so often in recent decades. However, thanks to higher than usual humidity temperatures did average above normal for the 3-month average, largely thanks to warm nights. As a result our summer was similar to Charleston, SC.

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It will come as no surprise that rainfall was above-average:

 

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MONTHLY BREAK DOWN:

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There were small pockets of below-normal temperatures in Georgia thanks to clouds and rain. Clearly the hottest weather compared to normal was in the Southwest and Northeast:

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The worst drought areas were also West and Southwest U.S., only small dry areas in Georgia:

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From my Summer Outlook issued May 18th:

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