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A tale of two summers

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Comparing the summer of Flint to Saginaw. Comparing the summer of Flint to Saginaw.
June temps compared to normal for Saginaw. June temps compared to normal for Saginaw.
June temps compared to normal for Flint. June temps compared to normal for Flint.
July temps compared to normal for Saginaw. July temps compared to normal for Saginaw.
July temps compared to normal for Flint. July temps compared to normal for Flint.
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

As 90 degree heat again returns to mid-Michigan many are looking for relief, but some more than others. Two cities, only about 34 miles apart, are having two very different summer experiences. 

By the Numbers:

While it has been warm for all of us this summer, it has been significantly hotter in Flint than in Saginaw. Flint has already racked up 29, 90 degree or hotter, days not including today. If the month of August ended today, they would be tied for the 8th most 90+ degree days on record. From June through August 9th Flint saw 55/70, or 78.6%, of days above normal, with an average departure from normal of +4.69 degrees. 

When we compare this to Saginaw we see how warm that really is. Saginaw has only had 6, 90 degree or hotter, days not including today. That puts our year only in 85th overall for most 90+ degree days. We also saw fewer days with above normal temperatures, with only 42/70, or 60%, of days above normal. Even then our average departure from normal was more than 2 degrees less than Flint, coming it at +2.36 degrees. 

Why the Difference?:

There are several reasons why we are seeing such a drastic difference. One of the largest is simply that Saginaw is closer to the Saginaw Bay. The water helps to provide a cooling effect to the air around it and promote winds that can bring in cooler air. Additionally, Saginaw has seen more days with rain, and more heavy rain, compared to Flint. (This is pretty clear given that Flint is -4.92" of rain since June 1st compared to Saginaw, which is only -1.28" for the same time period)

Days that see rain often have lower high temperatures, especially if that rain comes in the afternoon. The rain helps to cool the air, and can cause temperature drops of more than 10 degrees in some instances. 

Going Forward:

With more 90 degree heat expected for today and tomorrow for both Flint and Saginaw our advice is plan to stay cool and expect more 90 degree heat before the summer is done. Of course the First Warn 5 team has you covered every day on WNEM TV 5 and wnem.com.

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