It's official: Summer wasn't so hot

September 02, 1992|By David Michael Ettlin | David Michael Ettlin,Staff Writer

The dog days of August apparently were not hot dogs -- at least at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, which had the coolest August in its 42-year history.

And the whole summer wasn't so hot there, either, according to National Weather Service statistics issued yesterday.

The average temperature at BWI in August was a window-opening 72.3 degrees, a brisk six-tenths of a degree cooler than the previous record of 72.9 set in 1963.

Normal, according to the weather statisticians, is 75.8 degrees.

That helped make the summer of '92 the third-coolest at BWI, with an average of 73.3 degrees for the months of June, July and August -- matching 1974, and just a tad warmer than the record-low average summertime reading of 73.1 degrees in 1958 (a good year for drive-in-movie romance in those legendary '50s Chevies) and 73.2 degrees in 1982.

The summer norm is 74.9 degrees.

But it was warmer this year in Baltimore, where by night bricks, stone, concrete and macadam hold more of the heat built up during the day. And with recordkeeping in the city going back more than a century, there were plenty of summers chillier than that of 1992.

Baltimore's August temperatures averaged 77 degrees -- 6 de

grees warmer than the low record 71 recorded in 1927.

The city's summertime average was about 77.9 degrees, slightly warmer than normal, according to weather service figures. And if there were any "dog days" in Baltimore, they probably happened in July when the average temperature was 81.9 -- 2 degrees above normal.

In Central Maryland, rainfall remained below normal for the three traditional summer months -- although July proved to be 1.18 inches wetter than usual at the National Weather Service's rooftop rain gauge at BWI.

June rainfall was 1.87 inches below normal, and rainfall in August was 2.43 inches below normal.

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