Summer stays ‘mild’

100-days one-third of record 2011 total

How can you call a month with 18 highs over 100 degrees “mild?”

When you live in Rockdale and last year was 2011.

August is tradit ional ly Rockdale’s hottest month and that was certainly the case in 2012 with highs over 100 on a majority of the month’s 31 days.

But the summer of 2012 is definitely a relief of sorts from the 2011 spring and summer which shattered every Rockdale heat record but one.

Through the end of August there have been 23 highs of more than 100 recorded in Rockdale in 2012.

That’s less than one-third the 77 highs of 100-degreeplus highs recorded through Aug. 31, 2011.

The 18 highs of 100 or greater in August, 2012, stacks up against 27 for that month last year.

There was even a nice shower on Sunday, Aug. 19, with 1.31 inches falling in the U. S. Weather Service rain gauge at KRXT-FM.

No precipitation at all was recorded in August, 2011.

In fact, the 1.31 inches recorded on Aug. 19 was three times the total rainfall (.46-inch) which fell in July through September of 2011.

There were only five highs of 100 or greater recorded in July and August, but one of them was the summer’s high temperature (so far) on June 26.

In 2011, Rockdale recorded 94 highs of 100 or greater. High temperature of the year, 112, missed the all-time record by one degree.

That all-time high of 113 was recorded a dozen years ago this week, on Sept. 4, 2000.

Forecasters are predicting some relief by this weekend as a Canadian cold front is expected to sweep down the plains states and drop highs into the low 90s, lows to the mid 60s and even bring a chance of rain.

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