How did our dry and hot summer of 2012 rank? - FOX 32 News Chicago

How did our dry and hot summer of 2012 rank?

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Meteorological summer began on June 1st and ended Friday August 31st and oh what a summer we had.

It was the third warmest on record in Chicago. The warmest summer was in 1955 and the second warmest was in 1995. Our average daily high was 87 degrees which is 5.1 degrees above the 20 year average. Temperatures reached 90 degrees on 40 days this summer (we did see 5 - 90 degree days in May as well). The most 90 degree days in a single year came in 1988 with 47. We may still pass that mark though with more warmth expected in September.

The summer of 2012 was also a dry with only 6.63" of rainfall was recorded which is 5.42" below normal. That made 2012 the 13th driest summer on record dating back to 1871.

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