Now that meteorological summer is over, I went back and researched the numbers to see how the Angelina County Airport fared from a temperature and precipitation standpoint.
Meteorological summer is defined by the three month period ranging from June 1st through August 31st. That is the time-frame that summer statistics are measured and determined from a historical standpoint. Now that we are in September, meteorological fall has set in, despite the fact that it officially does not arrive until September 22nd.
Taming the Oppressive Heat
From a temperature standpoint, we fared pretty well. We accumulated twelve days in which our daytime highs were less than 90°. The high number of sub-ninety degree readings came from two unseasonably strong summer cold fronts. The first one came through during the July 17th-19th time-frame. It was during that three day stretch where our highs topped out at 84, 78, and 80°, respectively. The high of 78° on July 18th tied a record for the lowest-high temperature on that date. You might remember it followed a heavy rain and came on a day where the skies remained overcast.
We also had another strong cold front move through during the first couple of days of August, where our daytime highs were 79 and 86°, respectively. Again, the high of 79° on the 1st of August tied another record for the lowest-high temperature ever recorded on that day.
Outside of those two rare treats in the middle of summer, we still had plenty of scorching days this summer. We had fifty occurrences in which our highs topped out between 90 and 95° and thirty occasions in which we had highs between 96 and 100°.
At one point in mid-August, we had nearly as many days where our daytime highs were below 90° versus the amount of days where we had temperatures at or above 96°. With a little mini-hot stretch to close out August, we had some separation that led to the thirty occurrences overall.
The big thing stat that you will remember and want to take away is that the big airport just south of Lufkin only had one 100° day this summer. It should be noted that both Tyler and Longview failed to get to the century mark this summer, which was great news for those areas up along the Interstate 20 corridor.
The biggest reason for our relatively mild summer came from the abundant and timely rainfall we saw throughout the months of June, July, and August. Just when you thought we were drying out and needed some timely rains, Mother Nature always answered the call and gave us exactly what we needed.
We average about 11.07 inches of rain during that three month stretch, with June typically being the wettest month. Not only did Lufkin receive the normal amount of rainfall this summer, but it exceeded the average by nearly 50%, receiving 15.36 inches of rain.
The 15.36 inches of rain ranked as the eleventh wettest summer of all time, dating back to records which started in 1906. That puts the 2014 summer rainfall in the top 15 percentile, which is quite remarkable.
El Nino Possibly Setting in This Winter
As we head into late fall and the upcoming winter, all signs point to a cooler and wetter winter season. This is based on the climate-phenomena known as El Nino. If El Nino conditions were to set in late this fall, than the weather pattern would be set-up for us to receive above normal rainfall, which in turn, would lead to lower than normal temperatures.
Again, the odds are in favor of this happening, but it is not concrete and not a guarantee.