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Weather Talk: Summer 2018 was slightly warmer, wetter than normal

The meteorological summer (June, July and August) ended up with a slightly warmer than normal mean average temperature and very nearly exactly normal total rainfall, as measured at the official weather station at Hector International Airport.

The average daily mean temperature for the summer was 1.3 degrees warmer than the average over the last three complete decades. June was 4.1 degrees warmer, July was 0.1 degrees cooler, and August was 0.4 degrees cooler than normal.

Summer rainfall was 9.41" which is 0.16" more than the three-decade average. June rain was 4.03" or 0.13" more than normal. July rain was 2.86" which is 0.7" more than normal. August rain was 2.52" which is 0.04" less than normal.

John Wheeler

John was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and grew up near Birmingham, Alabama. As a teenager, his family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and later to a small town in northeast Iowa. John traces his early interest in weather to the difference in climate between Alabama and Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in meteorology. Like any meteorologist, John is intrigued by extremes of weather, especially arctic air outbreaks and winter storms.  John has been known to say he prefers his summers to be hot but in winter, he prefers the cold.  When away from work, John enjoys long-distance running and reading.  John has been a meteorologist at WDAY since May of 1985.

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