What a difference a year makes

Timely rains, milder temps, so far, so good

Exactly one year agO (bottom photo) about the only Exactly one year agO (bottom photo) about the only So far, so good.

Halfway through July, the scorching heat and crisp dryness of a typical Central Texas summer haven’t yet made the scene.

In fact, the most uncomfortable part of the summer of 2010 has been high humidity, the “steam bath” effect of high moisture content in the air.

Timely rains, the last ones moving through over the weekend, have provided almost 15 inches of moisture in 2010.

Last year, through the end of August, Rockdale had averaged less than one inch per month over a 14-month period.

In the past 10.5 months, the rain gauge at KRXT-FM has logged about 38 inches.

That’s due, in no small part, to what happened last fall. After the 14 months of virtually no rain, a total of 17.61 inches fell in September and October, 2009, more than fell in all of 2008 (15.09).

Temperature is where the statistical difference between the two summers has shown up the most dramatically.

This newspaper is dated July 15. As of Tuesday there have been no 100-degree readings yet recorded in Rockdale.

As of July 15, 2009, there had been 29 readings of 100- plus degrees and 14 of them were 105 or greater.

Ironically, the 100-degree readings which Central Texas has missed popped up last week in, all of places, the northeastern United States.

Both New York Cit y and Philadephia recorded highs above the century mark, the first time that’s happened in either place for 10 years.

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