CLEVELAND -- No one should be surprised to hear that summer of 2012 was warmer than normal.
During meteorological summer which runs from June 1st through August 31st, the daily average temperature in Cleveland was 73.8 degrees, or 2.2 degrees warmer than a typical northeast Ohio summer.
Periods of extremely hot weather contributed to the overall warmer-than-normal pattern says WKYC Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling. The Cleveland area endured a total of 26 days of temperatures over 90 degrees this summer, and a total of 28 days since the first of the year.
Four official heatwaves gripped the area with over 90 degree temperatures for at least 3 days in a row. Those heatwaves occurred on June 19-21, June 28-July 4, July 15-17 and August 2-4.
Ironically, only two new record high temperatures were set for the entire summer. That was on June 29th with 94 degrees and July 17th when Cleveland reached 98 degrees for the 2nd time in July. The first 98 degree high was on July 7th, although it was not a record for that date.
For precipitation, summer was drier than normal with moderate drought conditions reported over a wide part of the area. Cleveland saw 9.21 inches of rain from June to August, or 1.19 inches drier than normal.
Mansfield saw the worst rainfall deficit for the summer in northern Ohio with 7 inches less rain this summer. The city ended with only 6.48 inches of rain for one of their driest summers in years.
Astronomical summer will come to an end on Saturday, September 22, at 10:49 a.m.
(See the graphics for how other cities fared for the summer of 2012)