Summer 2012 the sixth-warmest, ninth-driest on record in Columbia

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 | 4:46 p.m. CDT; updated 6:31 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 4, 2012
This summer’s drought has been a substantial hit to the agriculture industry across the Midwest, including in mid-Missouri. Not only is precipitation down nearly 70 percent in the summer months compared with 2008, the number of days at or above 90 degrees in those same months has more than quadrupled. The National Weather Service’s latest assessment indicates the drought will persist or worsen through November.

COLUMBIA – Forty-six days this summer charted temperatures greater than or equal to 100 degrees, helping make summer 2012 the sixth-warmest on record in Columbia, according to a climatological report released Tuesday by the National Weather Service in St. Louis.

The report contains statistics for the 2012 meteorological summer period, which stretched from June 1 to Aug. 31.

Here are a few other facts about summer 2012:

  • Columbia received a total of 5.74 inches of rain this summer, making it the ninth-driest summer on record.
  • The average temperature for the season was 80.3 degrees.

  • The hottest day this summer was June 28, when the temperature reached 107 degrees, the all-time record high temperature for the month of June.
  • The lowest temperature this summer – 48 degrees – occurred June 1.
  • August was the 11th consecutive month with an average temperature above normal.

Supervising editor is John Schneller.

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