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Summer 2016 Weather Recap

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With the arrival of September 1st, we also welcomed the arrival of Meteorological Fall, which runs from September 1st through November 30th. That doesn't quite mean everyone is ready for pumpkin spice everything, but it does mean we can take a look at where summer 2016 stacked up against previous years.

For reference, Meteorological Summer is from June 1st to August 31st.

Plenty of Warmth

It's no secret this was one of the warmest summers we've seen in a few years, and it was a warm summer that followed the 2nd warmest winter of all-time in both Saginaw and Flint.

The average temperatures in the Saginaw and Flint area over that 3-month period were both good enough to qualify on the top 20 warmest summer lists of all time. But although they both made the list, the two locations varied quite a bit in their placement on that list.

  • Summer 2016 Average Temperature
    • Saginaw: 71.8°
    • Flint: 73.8°

With as many 90 degree days we had in Flint this summer, 33 to be exact, it was no secret this one would be high on the all-time list. It's final placement? The 3rd warmest summer of all-time. The only two summers to beat Flint? 1993 and 1934! 

In Saginaw, the number of 90 degree days was significantly less, with only 7 recorded days of 90 or above at MBS Airport. Despite trailing Flint by a significant margin in this category, Saginaw still checked in with the 12th warmest summer of all time.

Dry Enough To Qualify?

In addition to the summer heat, the big story of the summer was the lack of significant rainfall throughout the first half of the summer. It was so dry at one point, parts of Genesee and Shiawassee Counties were under a severe drought.

Thankfully, that severe drought didn't last long as we received over two inches of rain at both MBS International and Flint Bishop on August 16th. That rainfall event was the same event that brought over three inches of rain to other parts of Mid-Michigan. Let's take a look at the 2016 totals.

  • Summer 2016 Rainfall Totals
    • Saginaw: 11.08"
    • Flint: 7.32"

With as dry as we were at times this summer, your first thought would probably be that this summer would definitely qualify in the top 20 driest summers of all time. But actually, neither Saginaw or Flint made their list.

Flint wasn't too far off from the list, as the 20th driest summer of all time was 6.62" of rain, less than one inch of difference. Take away the 2.11" from August 16th? Flint would qualify for the 8th driest summer of all time.

Of course, it doesn't work that way, but it shows you how much of a difference one soaker can make. Compared to normal, Flint was 2.25" below average for the summer.

The 20th driest summer on the list for Saginaw was 6.32", so Saginaw wasn't even close and actually checked in above our average summer value of 8.87".

What's Ahead?

September has certainly had a fall-like feel to it so far, but if you're not quite ready for summer to end just yet, don't worry!

Temperatures later this week are expected to reach into the middle and upper 80s and NOAA's Climate Prediction Center has placed Mid-Michigan in a 40% chance for above normal temperatures from September 10th to the 18th.

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