It seems like Summer hit like a wrecking ball across the Tennessee Valley.
May came and the temperatures skyrocketed, and they haven’t come back to earth since. Of course, there’s always an adjustment period after dealing with 6 months of early sunsets and cooler temperatures, but how much of an adjustment do we really need? So, some digging was done, in order to find out if it was really that hot or if we just haven’t succumbed to the fact that it is simply Summer in the Tennessee Valley.
First, May was actually that hot. It was the 5th hottest May on record with an average daily high of 85.7 degrees.
That aside we can be a little more specific. I want to look at the number of 90-degree days in both May and June of 2019 and compare that to the number of 90-degree days in May and June of 2018.
So that’s exactly what I did. Actually, I had my weekend Meteorologist Emily look that information up for me. If you haven’t already give her Facebook page a “like”.
When comparing the number of 90-degree days in May 2018 and May 2019 we can see that 2019 had 13 days where the temperature was at least 90 degrees while 2018 had just 9 days.
June was not near as hot as we played it up to be. June 2018 was much hotter. The average daily high was 90.8 degrees. June 2019 saw an average daily high of 89.5 degrees. I know that’s only 1.4 degrees, but that’s still a big deal. June 2018 had 21 at least 90-degree days while June 2019 only had 17. Some of those 17 were high though, with 93s, 94s, and even a 97 on the first day of Summer.
Now before you tell me, I’m going to go ahead and tell you I am well aware that both 2018 and 2019 had 30 90 degree days in May and June combined. That doesn’t matter because I’m looking at quality over quantity. In this case, quality is a higher temperature. With that in mind, the average daily high of May and June 2018 was higher than the average daily high of May and June 2019.
July is here, and that means the heat isn’t leaving in the immediate future. The average high goes from 90 to 91 and the average low goes from 70 to 71. The one thing we lose is daylight.