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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

June Finished Wetter & Warmer Than Normal

Even though there were only five days with more than a tenth of an inch of rain last month at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford, the total rainfall was nearly a half-inch above normal. Officially, more than four inches (4.01") were recorded, which is well above the 3.61" normal for June. In addition, the average temperature last month was 69.4 degrees, which is nearly one degree above normal (68.6).

There were seven days with measured rain in June, including more than an inch-and-a-half (1.65") June 13. Three other days featured more than a half-inch of rain, including June 5 (0.72"), June 9 (0.78"), and June 19 (0.66"). There were two streaks of five straight days without measured rain (June 14 through June 18 and June 20 through June 24). However, only 0.03" of rain fell over the last 11 days last month.

Twenty-one of the 30 days last month featured average daily temperatures at or above normal. Six of the first eight days in June were warmer than normal. Four of the five days from June 9 through June 13 were cooler-than-normal, while June 21 through June 23 saw the average daily temperatures below normal. Otherwise, six of the last seven days last month were warmer-than-normal.

The mercury didn't reach 90 degrees the entire month, marking just the fourth time on record (since 1948) at the airport that the temperature failed to reach 90 degrees through the first six months of the year. The three other years were 1950, 1962, and 2004. The hottest day was June 18 (89) degrees, while the temperature soared to 88 degrees June 26. The coolest temperature last month was 50 degrees on June 1.