That’s all folks. Overnight lows are now in the 40s in many New England towns, daytime highs are rarely hitting 80, the sun is setting around 7pm, and fall sports are well underway. The summer of ’09 was definitely a unique one, to say the least. Many say that this summer went by extremely quickly because it took until late July for summer-like weather to arrive! Once summer did arrive, it lingered throughout much of August. While it did rain occasionally (especially on Saturday the 29th, when extratropical Danny hit us), there were many days of sunshine and warm temperatures in August. There was even a several day long heat wave! Here are some interesting stats about the summer of ’09 that pertain to New England.
* Severe weather occurred numerous times in June and early July. Like typical summer-time thunderstorms, on many days, some areas would be slammed, and others would miss out on the severe weather completely.
* We had a five-day heat wave from Saturday, August 15 to Wednesday, August 19. Tuesday, August 18 was the warmest day of the summer and year so far, with a high of 95 degrees.
* There was only one other 90-degree day this summer, when we hit 90 on July 28. We did, however, hit or exceed the 90-degree mark once in April (94 on April 28), and twice in May (91 on May 21, 90 on May 22). In total, we've hit the 90-degree mark 9 times. Typically, 15 90-degree days occur throughout the year.
* Hurricane Bill passed a few hundred miles east of New England, but still brought impacts to the coast. Many New England beaches were closed to swimmers, as waves as high as 8 to 12+ feet rolled ashore, and dangerous rip currents became a concern.
* As Bill passed east of New England, a frontal boundary over the region became a focal point for heavy rain and severe weather. Tornado Watches were issued, and although no tornadoes formed, there were localized areas of flash flooding.
* Tropical Storm Danny formed into a powerful extratropical, or hybrid storm, a week after Bill moved east of New England. Danny brought heavy rain, surf, and some wind to New England on the last weekend of August.
* This became the wettest summer ever on record in Portland, Maine!