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Alabama summer 2013 one of the coolest on record

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WSFA) -

Alabama's 2013 summer will go into the books as one of the coolest summers of the past 131 years, according to data from the Alabama state climatologist.  

"What makes this cool and wet Summer even more amazing is where we were just one year ago," says Doppler 12 StormVision meteorologist Eric Snitil. "Alabama couldn't buy raindrops last Summer. This year has been a complete reversal, but one many of us have welcomed."

Looking at temperature data from the areas around each of the state's four largest cities, plus forecast highs through Saturday, the summer of 2013 should place somewhere between fourth coolest (in Birmingham) and seventh coolest (in Huntsville), said Dr. John Christy, the state climatologist and director of the Earth System Science Center at The University of Alabama in Huntsville.  

Taken together, it is the fifth coolest summer on record, with an average temperature that was almost 2° cooler than seasonal norms.  

"Overall, this summer was both cool and wet, although we warmed and dried as August came to a close," Christy said. "Several local daily climate records were set for the coolest daytime high temperatures.  

"Certain crops, such as corn, benefited from the weather, and the average Alabamian's utility bill for electricity and water was probably noticeably lower this year."  

Several people have asked if the cool summer will have any influence on temperatures this winter. Sorry, but no, Christy said.  

"The fact we had a cool summer doesn't help in predicting the coming winter's average conditions," he said. "A quick check shows that there is no relationship between summer's average temperature and that of the following winter."  

In terms of history, 1967 shows up in most Alabama weather stations as having the coolest summer since reliable weather record keeping started in 1883. Other summers on the cool end of the record have all been since 1960 and include 1997, 1992, 1961, 1989, 1994, 2003, 2004 and, now, 2013.  

In calculating the average temperatures for each region, the climatologist's office uses only daytime high temperature readings for stations within a 50-mile radius of each city center. Only daytime highs are used because nighttime low temperatures at some stations have slowly been contaminated by the growth of urban areas around those stations. The data were combined in a process that takes into account station moves and instrument changes.  

Coolest Alabama Summers

4-AREA COMPOSITE 

1.     1967         87.37°         

        1992         87.37°

3.     1997         87.67°

4.     1994         87.70°

5.     2013         87.87°

6.     2003         87.90°

7.     1989        88.12°  

8.     2004        88.15°  

9.     1961        88.22°

10.     2001      88.32

131-yr. avg.     89.65°  

BIRMINGHAM  

1.     1967         85.6°  

2.     1997        86.5°  

3.     1992        86.6°

4.     2013        86.7°  

5.     1961        86.8°  

6.     2004       86.9°  

7.     2003       87.1°         
        1974       87.1°  

9.     1989       87.2°         
        1892       87.2°

131-yr. avg.     90.1°  

HUNTSVILLE  

1.      1967      85.3°  

2.      1992      85.6°  

3.      1976      86.8°          
         1989      86.8°  

5.      1997      86.9°  

6.      1974      87.0°

7.      2004      87.1°          
         1979      87.1°         
         2013      87.1°          
         1961      87.1°

131-yr. avg.    90.7°  

MOBILE  

1.      1994       87.6°  

2.      2003       88.1°          
         1900       88.1°         
         1892       88.1°         
         1894       88.1°

6.       2013      88.4°         
          1992      88.4°         
          1997      88.4°

9.      1923       88.5°

10.     1912      88.7°         
          2001      88.7°         
          1895      88.7°

131-yr. avg.    90.8°  

MONTGOMERY  

1.      1994       88.5°

2.      2003       88.7°  

3.      1997       88.9°          
         1992       88.9°          
         1967       88.9°

6.     2013        89.3° 7.     
        2001        89.4°  

8.     1961        89.6°         
        2004        89.6°

10.   1989        89.7°          
        1975        89.7°          
        1974        89.7°

131-yr. avg.     92.7°

INFORMATION SOURCE: Earth System Science Center at The University of Alabama in Huntsville

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