MILWAUKEE — Sept. 1 marks the start of meteorological fall and the end of meteorological summer.
This is the date used for weather record-keeping purposes for the National Weather Service. The more commonly used change of season date is the Autumn Equinox on Sept. 22.
The numbers are in and summer 2020 will go down as the fourth warmest on record!
We achieved this without too many extreme heat days. We had no excessive heat warning days and only a couple days we found ourselves on the fringe of heat advisory criteria of 100-degree heat index values.
So how did we end up with the fourth warmest summer on record?
To sum it up, we had very warm nighttime temperatures and constant above-average days.
And from hearing around town, this meant awesome summer weather to many of you.
I can't tell you how many times I heard "wow the weather this summer has been" with of course of few saying "it's too hot!"
During the months of June, July, and August we had a remarkable total of 64 days above 80 degrees but only 8 of those days above 90.
To sum it up, we found ourselves on the edge of a lot of the heat waves, while never really bearing the brunt of the heat.
We had a ton of sunny days, which of course makes us warmer, but also contributed to very warm Lake Michigan temperatures. The warmer Lake Michigan helped contribute to constant above-average nighttime temperatures in Milwaukee.
I hope you enjoyed it. Our first real taste of fall is on the way next week.