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Taking an edge off the heat this summer

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) -

After coming off one of the warmest winters on record, the talk of the town back in the spring season was all centered around just how hot and unbearable this summer would turn out.

As it turns out, we are experiencing a relatively mild summer as we have yet to hit the century mark, something we average about ten times a year.

From June 1st through August 20th, we have only had four days in which our daytime highs have reached 96 degrees or hotter.  The hottest day recorded so far at the Angelina County Airport is 97, which took place on August 19th.

Of the 81 days we have experienced this meteorological summer, we have had 28 occurrences in which the high temperatures were less than 90 degrees.  That is remarkable and a testament to the timely rainfall and cloud cover that has been present throughout the summer season.

With just a little over a week left in our official summer season, (runs from June through August) it appears we will avoid the century mark since better odds for rain will mitigate temperatures over the next week and prevent them from getting too hot in the waning days of August.

When looking back at warm winters from years past, there is not a trend as it pertains to summer temperatures the following season.  Due to all the variables at play in the atmosphere, what happens in the past usually has very little bearing on correlating what lies ahead when foreshadowing what kind of weather we will experience in Deep East Texas in the future.  In our case in 2017, the abundant and timely rainfall throughout the spring and summer months has helped keep our soil moisture content replenished, which in turn, has held temperatures in check for the most part.

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