by Chief Meteorologist Jim Teske (WSYR-TV)
Boy, June 2019 was a cool and rainy month. It’s probably the worst June we’ve had in years.….
I’ve gotten comments like that over the past few weeks but even if you aren’t a meteorologist in central New York those thoughts have probably come up in casual conversation with family or friends.
However, I’m going turn that June narrative a bit on its ear.
On the surface, yes it was a cooler than normal month (by about half a degree overall) and wet (we were almost an inch above normal) but here are some numbers that may surprise you.
Our temperatures this June was actually warmer than last June. We are going to end up with more 80 degree days this June compared to the last two Junes.
Overall we are tied for 51st coolest June on record out of 117 Junes on the books in Syracuse.
On top of that, half of the weekend days in June were outstanding with plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. Only Father’s Day stood out as a weekend day where the weather really hampered outdoor plans.
Now the rain part…
Yes, June 2019 was wetter than June 2018 but we are far from the wettest June. In fact, we have to get in line for the wettest June of THIS DECADE! 2010, 2013, 2015 and 2017 were all wetter than this June. Some of those years by quite a bit.
That’s right, June 2019 is only going to be the 5th wettest June of the past 10 years and 33rd wettest overall.
We were also helped by a much drier final third of the month when only a tenth of an inch of rain fell. We went from having a surplus of almost 2” for the month down to just over an inch during that time.
So when you really dive into the numbers, this June was not all that unusual. I don’t want to minimize the hardships caused by the cool wet weather when it was here, I’m just trying to put things into its proper context. It was cool at times but we did see some bouts of warmth. It was wet but not by recent June standards.
Now on to July….