What does a summer without 100-degree days feel like? 2013

jholleman@thestate.comAugust 23, 2013 

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The flip side of this extremely wet summer in the Midlands has been the dearth of 100-degree days.

Unless the 10-day forecast is way off, Columbia is going to plow through June, July and August without a 100-degree day.

That’s not unusual. In 127 years of record-keeping, it has happened 34 times before, including seven times in the past 30 years, according to the Southeast Regional Climate Center.

But after the past three extraordinarily hot summers, locals were beginning to think 100-degree days were the norm. The last three years rank in the top 15 hottest in terms of 100-degree days with 16 in 2011, 11 in 2012 and 10 in 2010.

The same cloud cover that has kept afternoons cooler than normal has held in heat overnight. So while this has been the 12th coolest summer through Aug. 22 in terms of average daily high (87.9 degrees) in Columbia, it has been the sixth warmest in terms of average daily low (71.7).

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