Comparing Summers of Yester-Year
The summer of 1988 was my first here and was known for a half a dozen 100 degree days. Ken Batty, one of the fine meteorologists at the National Weather Service in
I still recall the blazing heat and drought that suffocated crops that year. After a parched and scorched July, the corn crop failed in the Scioto bottom-lands while the burly
That season, fast moving thunderstorms did race through, but they were such quick hitters that they dropped a relatively small amount of rain.
If you were at the Four Tops concert in late July on the
Now fast forward a decade to the summer or 1999. That season showcased the classic heat riddled, drought stricken climate that visits
By June 1999, blast furnace heat propelled downtown temperatures routinely to a simmering 95 to 100 degrees. Oddly perhaps, relatively comfortable evenings on the county fair circuit proved pedestrian as the dry ground could not add moisture to the air through evaporation. This kept the humidity in check all summer long and allowed for rapid evening drops in temperature.
Fiery sunsets blazed up the western sky from Lucasville (Scioto Fair) to
2007 is the standard by which 21st century hot summers will be judged for years even decades to come. That season, the temperature matched or exceeded 90 on 54 sweltering days, including virtually every day in August.
So long and stifling was the summer heat that high school football Friday night kickoffs in September and October were pushed back to 8PM to allow for some added autumnal cooling. I still remember the night I was at Tanks Memorial Stadium for the Fighting Tiger-Tomcat game. The sun set in an orangey fireball as temperatures hovered near 90 at 7:30 pm, the Friday before Columbus Day!
That brings us to the summer of 2011! So far, 32 days have made the mercurial 90 degree mark, a pace that is well ahead of 2007! That’s impressive on the surface, until you dig deeply into the numbers.
You see so far the highest reading this summer has only been a rather pedestrian 95 in
So day by day as we fail to get to 90 over the next 2-3 weeks, we will fall behind the summers of ’88,’99 and ’07. Assuming that trend comes to be, the summer of 2011 is destined for “run-of the mill” hot status in the eyes of meteorologists.
Of course, your home cooling bill may not agree with that assertion!