FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- The beginning of September marks the end of meteorological Summer (The three warmest months of the year -- June, July, & August). Even though some of the most memorable moments from the last three months were heat and a lack of rain, the final numbers come as a little bit of a surprise.
The very first day of the season, June 1, was one of the coolest on record with a high of only 56°! This would turn out to be the exception for the Summer. By the end of June, we were seeing record high temperatures in the triple digits, including a record tying all time high of 106° on June 28.
From June 1 to July 15, or the first half of Summer, the average temperature was 75.1°, which ranked as the 4th warmest on record. The second half of the season had an average temperature of 72.8° and only ranked as the 47th warmest. Putting them together gives us an average temperature of 73.9°, and this ranks as the 16th warmest Summer since 1912.
After the second driest Spring season on record, the dry weather continued for the first half of Summer. The only significant rainfall occurred on June 29 with the Derecho event that caused more wind damage than it did to remedy any developing drought conditions. Only .7" of rain fell from June 1 to July 15, making it the driest start to Summer Fort Wayne has ever seen. The next driest start was more than twice that with 1.52" of rain. That was in 1999. The second half of Summer saw 7.81" of rain, ranking as the 14th wettest. This second half of Summer saved many soybean crops and lawns, but it was too late for most corn crops in the area. The entire Summer season saw 8.51" of rain, 3.53" below average and ranking as the 30th driest on record.
Multiple heat records and hot streaks happened this Summer. Fort Wayne had 6 days with high temperatures of 100° or hotter, which ties 1988 and 1936 for the second highest number of 100°+ days. The record for most consecutive 100°+ days was broken when 4 days in a row ending on July 7 reached at least 100°. Fort Wayne also smashed the record for most consecutive days of 90°+ heat. The streak was 22 days long, ending on July 18. The previous record was a mere 14 days in July 1983. The record for most consecutive days of 80°+ heat was also broken with 56 days ending on August 8.
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