Fourth coolest summer on record for South Eastern Michigan.

I was remarking to the wife the other day that it seems like this year’s summer has been unusually cool. As it turns out it’s more unusual than I thought:

At Big George’s Home Appliance Mart on Ann Arbor’s west side, air conditioning units aren’t exactly flying off the shelves this summer. Attendance is down at Buhr Park Pool in Ann Arbor, and fewer customers are visiting the Dairy Queen on Packard Street for ice cream cones in recent weeks.

Traditional summertime staples are seeing a downturn this year as temperatures rarely top 80 degrees.

Just how cool has it been? We’re at the tail end of the fourth coldest summer recorded in Ann Arbor since 1880, University of Michigan meteorologist Dennis Kahlbaum said. 

The average temperature for June was down 0.8 degrees; average temps were down 4.6 degrees in July, according to National Weather Service data.

We generally only turn the A/C on when the temps get over 90 with high humidity. I’d guess that we’ve had the A/C on for perhaps ten or twelve days total for the whole summer. Late August and early September are usually well into the 90’s during the day with nights not dropping far into the 70’s, if at all. Not this year. Nighttime temps have been as low as 43 degrees and We’ve been closing the windows and using the comforters on our bed. Which isn’t to say the weather hasn’t been enjoyable, but it sure is strange. It’s like we never made it far out of late May or early June weather.

According to which meteorologist you talk to it’s either the fault of El Nino or the North Atlantic Oscillation. The upshot basically is that in our region the jet stream has been unseasonably low allowing for cooler Canadian air to come rolling on down. Meanwhile out on the west coast it’s been unusually high making for some record heat. Of the two I think I’ll stick with the unusually pleasant weather we’ve been having even if it did pretty much rule out going swimming at all this year.

One thing is for sure: You can bet this’ll get the local global climate change denialists yapping about how this proves Al Gore is all wrong. 

28 thoughts on “Fourth coolest summer on record for South Eastern Michigan.

  1. Same story here in Minneapolis. Our electric bills have been much lower, due to little need for A/C this summer. Actually, we’ve enjoyed the mild weather, with only a few days over 90 the whole season. But it’s been dry over the summer, so what $$$ we have saved in power use has gone into more water use for the yard and garden.

  2. It’s suppose to hit 85 today, which I think is the first over 80’s temp we’ve had this week. Tomorrow’s high is only supposed to be 79. The next several days after that are predicted to be: 79, 77, 76, 77, 76, 74, 72, 69, and 68!

    Really weird for this early in September.

  3. Deny Global Warming…I mean, the New Reformed Church of Global Climate Change?  No fool would dare be so blasphemous.  Surely the righteous might of the Faithful has silenced any heretics.  We shall suffer no more of their surly and piggishly defiant attempts at “free speech” or “any and all science is usually open to refinement and challenge”.

    We shall discuss Evolution.  We shall noodle away at Gravity.  Yea, we shall even poke at the Laws of Thermodynamics, but never shall we sully the Word and the Truth and the Glory that is GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE. 

    Amen.

  4. Yea, we shall even poke at the Laws of Thermodynamics, but never shall we sully the Word and the Truth and the Glory that is GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE. 

    Just for the record, that should read: MAN-CAUSED GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE.  cheese

    And, of course, the millions of tons of carbon released by the recent brush fires will not have any effect, because they are GOD-CAUSED.  tongue wink

    RAmen

  5. And, of course, the millions of tons of carbon released by the recent brush fires will not have any effect, because they are GOD-CAUSED.

    And even if they have an effect, it’s all for the better. Not that we poor humans understand the full glory of the divine big picture, eh.

  6. I spent my whole life in Lansing, MI.  I just moved to Louisville, KY almost a year ago.  Not only have I heard about how terrible the weather has been in Michigan this year but I found out that our July here in KY was the coolest ever recorded in history.  Not once did it reach over 90 in July which has never happened since record-keeping started in the 1800’s.

    It’s why I’m a firmly skeptical about ‘global warming’ but support ‘global climate change’

    What it means, I don’t know.

  7. Jim- enviromental scientists can get upset about the fact it is called ‘global warming’- that is a bit like saying GW’s Middle East strategy could have been a bit better. Climate Change is something used by those with a vested interest (in the short term) of not doing anything about it (oil, car manufacturers etc).

    Cooler summers in place ‘x’ is another piece of data in looking at global overheating.  For instance as the Earth warms, air and sea currents change- eg. melting polar ice is dumping large amounts of fresh water into the oceans.  This will have the effect of pushing the gulf stream (S. America—> NW Europe) southwards and weakening it. It is this current and associated air vectors which gives the UK its temperate weather- look at New York, which is on the same latitude as London, and ask why NY gets so much more snow. 

    Thus harder UK winters may be the result of Global warming. 

    What it means, I don’t know.

    There are many source out there for you to find out.  The main one is the one that shows temperaturs have risen, which is a sort of fairly good indication of warming.

  8. ou can bet this’ll get the local global climate change denialists yapping about how this proves Al Gore is all wrong. 

    “Climate Change” is used by former “Global Warming” political sheep that got their intellectual asses handed to them by nature and real science.

  9. “Which says what? Oh yeah, that the climate will always be continually changing and shifting with or without our help.”

    We haven’t been able to “help” much until recently, so that is a new factor.

  10. We haven’t been able to “help” much until recently, so that is a new factor.

    hitchi, I’m so happy to hear that you believe that man can have a significant effect on the climate. It would be nice to back that up with a few facts, but not necessary, since it is, after all, only a belief. There are a few exhibits that indicate some amount of coincidence, but little to indicate causation, and vastly inadequate coverage of all phenomena that must be included to cover the effects on climate.
    Than man can adversely effect some local conditions is little contested, but that men or civilization has had a tremendous impact is still hotly contested.  cheese

    Peace

  11. I visit all 48 States at least twice a year and I have an announcement.

    This going to be one of the worst winters we have ever had. My sources are the most reliable meteorologist available.

    And just who are these folks ?

    Ants

    The Ants are building deeper into the Earth. The mounds of soil on top of the ground are higher in most areas with the exception of the Southwestern US.

    Some people call it Indian Folklore. But I think of it as a Science.

  12. Some people call it Indian Folklore. But I think of it as a Science.

    Probably more accurate than some consensus I’ve heard of, and more scientific as well.

  13. Except by climatologists

    Who aren’t actual scientists.

    We haven’t been able to “help” much until recently, so that is a new factor.

    Not really. The fires in LA will have released more carbon and CO2 than all of mankind made/released last year.

  14. From Wikipedia: “Climatology (from Greek κλίμα, klima, “region, zone”; and -λογία, -logia) is the study of climate, scientifically defined as weather conditions averaged over a period of time, and is a branch of the atmospheric sciences.”

  15. Also from Wikipedia: “Political science is a social science concerned with the theory and practice of politics and the description and analysis of political systems and political behavior.”

    As far as I know, the study of climate / weather conditions has little or nothing to do with political systems. Perhaps the word you’re looking for is “politicized” which I’ll admit the science surrounding global warming has become, sure. That doesn’t mean that claiming climatology isn’t a real science (or a “political science”) makes a lick of sense.

  16. Also from Wikipedia: “Political science is a social science concerned with the theory and practice of politics and the description and analysis of political systems and political behavior.”

    That sounds to me EXACTLY like the Chicken-Little claims of the climatologists that are propagandizing the slim view we have of the over-all climate picture.  tongue wink

  17. Leguru, how can i back that “belief” with facts, my sources are all Mumbo Jumbo climatologists; skilled in the rain dance. wink

  18. Leguru, how can i back that “belief” with facts, my sources are all Mumbo Jumbo climatologists; skilled in the rain dance.

    That’s good enough for me!  grin
    I lived in San Diego for a while. Ever hear of “Rainmaker Hatfield?”

  19. Climatology is far more political science than actual science

    Unfortunately so, not to denigrate that actual science content too much.

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