What an interesting spring and early summer it has been -- here in Denver we have only had 4 days top 90 degrees.
Usually by now we should have seen about 10 to 12 or thereabouts.
Of those 4 days, 3 have been in the last week and a half.
I have to admit it is a nice break. Last July, we had 22 days top 90 degrees. It was a hot and dry one.
In addition to being cool, it has also been wet. Since January 1, Denver has officially recorded 11.62 inches of moisture, with a little over 6 inches of that total falling since June 1.
It is so green along the Front Range and in the foothills. The water has delayed the start of our annual fire season, which has been great.
But if you travel about 150 miles southeast to Lamar, Colorado -- it is a different story. They are on the edge of the hot bubble of dry air over the southern plains. Afternoon highs have been in the 90s and 100s in recent days.
It has been downright miserable across the Sooner State with locations in northwest Oklahoma having seen highs topping 105 degrees for several days.
Other persistent weather patterns have kept the northeast US wonder where is summer? It has been so cool and wet across much of the New England area for weeks now.
It has also been extremely cool in and around the Great Lakes.
A friend of mine in Connecticut called the other day to tell me she finally saw the sun!
So with the sun finally peaking and temperatures warming a little across New England, things getting a little warmer and drier around Denver, and temperatures finally climbing well into the 100s around Phoenix (after several days in June where it didn't hit 100)...could things be getting back to normal?
It has also been a very quiet hurricane season in the Atlantic basin with really no organized weather systems to track.
At the end of June there was a tropical wave near Cancun that for a brief time looked like it might organize, but it didn't.
If I didn't have to work 2 jobs and could have just one dream job, it'd be to sit down and comb through tons of data for the United States and do comparisons to average as well as trying to forecast trends.
However, all I have time to do is a quick little recap and pose some interesting thoughts to ponder.
I had someone ask me yesterday about my thoughts for the winter in Denver this upcoming season. I really didn't have an answer.
I finally said cold and wet. Maybe a gut instinct that could come true, maybe it was just a wish since I love the cold season weather.
One thing I know for sure is I had no hard evidence for my answer.