I know where we were this summer

It was a summer of “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity”

That old saying was very true this summer, as most of the discomfort came from above average humidity (dew points) and the subsequent warm muggy evenings and mornings rather than a lot of days in the mid 90s which were in short supply compared to normal and to recent decades.

The highest official temperature I think for the whole summer was 96F.

The 3-month summer average temperature was near-normal for most of the Metro area, with pockets of a little warmer than normal and a little below-normal:

Rainfall for the Metro Atlanta area shows

And as a result for a nice change of pace, we end summer without a drought:

Notice how the average of daily maximum temperatures was near-normal to a bit below-normal for the Metro area:

On the other hand, the average daily minimum or night-time low temps in the early morning averaged above-normal, shwoing the influence of the high humidity making temperatures fall very slowly overnight:

It turned out my summer outlook issued back in the spring worked out well.

In case you forgot, LAST SUMMER temperatures averaged close to normal June-August and rainfall averaged 20% below-normal.

However, LAST SEPTEMBER had a huge heat wave with temps for the month averaging 6 degrees above-normal with rainfall for the month down 85%. Most September 2019 highs were way above anything we experienced during the actual summer months, very unusual. As a result severe to extreme drought developed by October 2019.

For daily weather info follow me on Twitter @MellishMeterWSB.

Kirk Mellish

Meteorologist

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