June Recap: Cooler, Wetter Than Average - 07/03/13
If June can be seen as setting the trend for the remainder of summer in West Michigan, then we can expect a rather comfortable, but occasionally damp season. Temperatures for the month were below average on the maximum side and near normal on the minimum side. Specifically, the high temperature last month averaged 78.7 degrees, about 2.5 degrees cooler than the climatological (30 year) average. The average low of 58.6 degrees is near the long-term average.On the precipitation front, June was a soaker! We measured 5.52" of rainfall, about 50% more than what we see in a typical June, which by the way, is one of our wetter months of the year. The bulk of the monthly rainfall came in just a couple of days, on June 25 and 26, when we saw more than three and a half inches.From the "What a difference a year makes" file: last month stands in stark contrast to June, 2012, which was hot and dry, setting the trend for what would be a historically (or near-historic, depending on which record data you're using) hot, dry summer. Consider these comparative statistics: the average high temperature for June, 2012, was 83.2 degrees, 4.5 degrees warmer than the average high last month, and 1.5 degrees warmer than the climatological average; we had eleven 90 degree days in June 2012, last month we had just one; we had less than an inch of rainfall in June 2012, compared to five and a half inches of rain last month; for the months of May and June combined, we had just 2.34" of rain in 2012, compared to 8.77" of rain this year.