Summary 0f Summer 2022

Meteorological Summer is officially over. Here is a brief summary of June 1-August 31 in Stormstown, PA:

Number of days Max T >= 90 F: 4

Max T: 92.6 F – June 22, 2022

Min T: 44.9 F – August 13, 2022

Jun Dep from Normal: 0.1

Jul Dep from Normal: 0.8 F

Aug Dep from Normal: 0.6 F

Heating Degree Days: 137

Cooling Degree Days: 668

Jun Precip: 3.40″, 0.69″ below normal  

Jul Precip: 2.02″, 1.77″ below normal  

Aug Precip: 3.20″, 0.96″ below normal  

The main event of the summer was the abnormally dry conditions that developed.

August 2022 Weather Summary

August was 0.6 deg F above normal for temperature. The high for the month was 89.7 deg. F recorded on August 8. The low for the month was 44.9 deg F, recorded on August 13. There were 0 days at or above 90 deg F. There were 36 heating degree days and 222 cooling degree days.

August was a below-normal month for precipitation with 3.20 inches of rainfall recorded, which was 0.96 inches below normal. The maximum rainfall in a single day was 0.82 inches recorded on August 21. There were 13 days of rain >.01 in, 8 >.10 in, and 0 >1 in.

High wind speed of 26 mph on August 8.

August 2022 Data

July 2022 Weather Summary

July was 0.8 deg F above normal for temperature. The high for the month was 91.2 deg. F recorded on July 23. The low for the month was 50.0 deg F, recorded on July 4. There were 3 days day at or above 90 deg F. There were 27 heating degree days and 275 cooling degree days.

July was a below-normal month for precipitation with 2.02 inches of rainfall recorded, which was 1.77 inches below normal. The maximum rainfall in a single day was 0.46 inches recorded on July 7. There were 8 days of rain >.01 in, 6 >.10 in, and 0 >1 in.

High wind speed of 26 mph on July 23.

July 2022 Data

Weather Forecasters Challenged by Helium Shortage

This article appeared in the July/August edition of Weatherwise (Vol 75, No 4, p 6)

The ongoing helium shortage has been worsened by the Russian Invasion of Ukraine, and the result could be challenging for weather forecasters, according to an investigation by KXAN-Austin, an NBC affiliate in Texas. The helium shortage, which began several years ago, is the result of multiple factors, including decreased production and increased demand. While the United States is a primary supplier of helium worldwide, Russia is also a large supplier, and the war in Ukraine has resulted in greater demand for U.S. helium.

This presents a problem for NWS forecasters who rely on helium to launch balloons twice daily in across the country to gauge weather conditions in the upper atmosphere. Several NWS sites in Albany, New York; New York City; Tallahassee, Florida; Greensboro, North Carolina; and Charleston, South Carolina, have reported having to reduce the number of balloon launches from twice daily to once daily.

However, the NWS says fewer balloon launches won’t have a major impact on local forecasts because radars and other sensors will be able to fill the majority of the data gaps.

The NWS is planning to find ways to reduce their reliance on helium in the coming years as a result of the shortage.

June 2022 Weather Summary

June was 0.1 deg F above normal for temperature. The high for the month was 93 deg. F recorded on June 22. The low for the month was 47 deg F, recorded on June 5. There were 74 heating degree days and 171 cooling degree days.

June was a below normal month for precipitation with 3.40 inches of rainfall recorded, which was 0.69 inches below normal. The maximum rainfall in a single day was 1.13 inches recorded on June 22. There were 12 days of rain >.01 in, 7 >.10 in and 1 >1 in.

High wind speed of 33 mph on June 17.

June 2022 Data

Here is the latest drought summary for Pennsylvania:

Summary of Spring 2022

Meteorological Spring is officially over. Here is a brief summary of March 1 – May 31, 2022 in Stormstown, PA:

Number of Days Max T <= 32 F: 2
Number of Days Min T <= 32 F: 23
Max T: 89.2 F – May 31, 2022
Min T: 12.5 F – March 4, 2022

Mar Dep from Normal: 4.1 F
Apr Dep from Normal: -1.7 F
May Dep from Normal: 1.8 F

Heating Degree Days: 1465
Cooling Degree Days: 99

Mar Precip: 3.25″, 0.13″ below normal
Apr Precip: 2.84″, 0.67″ below normal
May Precip: 5.22″, 1.58″ above normal

May 2022 Weather Summery

May was 1.8 deg F below normal for temperature. The high for the month was 89.2 F, recorded on May 31. The low for the month was 34.3 deg F, recorded on May 8. There were 0 days at or below 32 F. There were 189 heating degree days and 82 cooling degree days.

May was an above-normal month for precipitation with 5.22 inches of rainfall recorded, which was 1.58 inches above normal. The maximum rainfall in a single day was 1.48 inches recorded on May 6. There were 14 days of rain >.01 in, 9 >.10 in and 1 > 1 in.

The high wind speed for the month was 28 mph on May 16.

May 2022 Data

April 2022 Weather Summary

April was 1.7 F below normal for temperature. The high for the month was 83.2 F, recorded on April 24. The low for the month was 26.8 F, recorded on April 11. There were 7 days at or below 32 F. There were 535 heating degree days and 14 cooling degrees days.

April was a below-normal month for precipitation with 2.84 inches of rainfall recorded, which was 0.67 inches below normal. The maximum rainfall in a single day was 0.65 inches recorded on April 7. There were 14 days of rain >.01 in, 6 >.10 in and 0 > 1 in.

It snowed about 5 inches on April 18.

High wind speed of 43 mph on April 16.

April 2022 Data

March 2022 Weather Summary

March was 4.1 deg F above normal for temperature. The high for the month was 71.5 deg. F, recorded on March 18. The low for the month was 12.5 deg F, recorded on March 4. There were 2 days where the maximum temperature was at or below 32 F, and there were 16 days where the minimum temperature was at or below 32 F. There were 741 heating degree days and 3 cooling degree days.

March was a near-normal month for precipitation with 3.25 inches of rainfall recorded, which was 0.13 inches below normal. The maximum rainfall in a single day was 1.25 inches recorded on March 31. There were 13 days of rain >.01 in, 9 >.10 in and 1 > 1 in. There was also 11.1 inches of snow. There was pea-sized hail observed during a severe thunderstorm on March 31.

High wind speed of 42 mph on March 7.

March 2022 Data

Summary of Winter 2021-2022

Meteorological Winter is officially over. Here is a brief summary of December 1, 2021-February 28, 2022 in Stormstown, PA:

Number of Days Max T <= 32 F: 24  

Number of Days Min T <= 32 F: 72 

Number of Days Min T <= 0 F: 2  

Max T: 65.9 F – December 16, 2021  

Min T: -6.2 F – January 1, 2022

Dec Dep from Normal: 6.5 F  

Jan Dep from Normal: -2.9 F  

Feb Dep from Normal: 1.7 F  

Heating Degree Days: 3077  

Cooling Degree Days: 0  

Dec Precip: 2.69″, -0.49″ below normal  

Jan Precip: 1.29″, -1.63″ below normal  

Feb Precip: 4.34″, 1.88″ above normal