Cold Summer, Balmy September, October Coming in a Little Cool

This past summer of 2009 Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and South Dakota recorded one of their 10 coldest summers on record. Northwestern Pennsylvania recorded its coldest summer ever. Climate records date to 1895.

On October 1, 2009, the Port Huron, Michigan waste water treatment plant recorded a temperature of 32 degrees at 8 a.m., one degree colder than the record low set Oct. 1, 1935.

Daytona Beach International Airport reported a record-tying low of 58 degrees at 3:33 a.m. Thursday — the previous record set in 2001. Orlando officially dropped to 62 degrees — one degree shy of the record, and Melbourne dropped to 65 degrees.

Chicagoland had the cloudiest June in four decades with 51 percent possible sunshine. June on average experiences 68 percent sunshine.

July 1, 2009 in Chicago only hit 64°F … the normal high for July 1 is 81°F.
June 30, 2009 in Chicago only hit 66°F … the normal high for June 30 is 81°F.

A high of 65°F is a normal high for October 1.

As of this year, the first day recorded to have an average low of 32°F occurs on November 11.

Chicago Executive Airport (then Palwaukee) had lows of 33°F on September 8 & 9, 1997

O’Hare International Airport had lows of 32°F & 29°F on September 22 & 23 in 1995, respectively.

The upcoming high forecasts in the 50’s and 60’s are a little below average. Our dry September actually felt a little balmy compared to summer.

As of September 17, 2009, the one-month and three-month outlook for the Chicago area is near the normal for temperature and precipitation.