Move Over Shivery, Here Comes Sizzlery!
After one of the most memorable winters, with record-breaking snowfall totals and shivery conditions in the Northeast (remember February in New England anyone?), and warm, dry conditions out West, it’s time to set our sights on summer, and officially send Old Man Winter packing. Break out the sunscreen and get those air conditioners primed and ready – you’re going to need them!
Summer officially begins on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, at 12:38 p.m. EDT. This is the date of the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year.
According to our long-range weather predictions originally released in the 2015 Farmers’ Almanac, the warm weather will be slow to establish itself, but the summer heat will arrive in full force by July, with much of the nation sweltering with above- to much-above normal temperatures, especially for the Mid-Atlantic Region, the North Central States, and Southwest. Boston and the surrounding New England states, which were punished with mountains of snow this past winter, should see a nicer summer with less extremes –warm temperatures and average rainfall.
About two-thirds of the country will see near-normal precipitation, but the Far West will be drier than normal. Wetter-than-normal conditions are forecast for New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, on into the Gulf Coast. Much of the Southeast and Great Lakes will see an abundance of thunderstorms, making the season a bit wetter than average.
Florida and the Carolinas will be in the crosshairs for tropical cyclone activity in late July, followed by another threat to Florida in late August, and along the Gulf Coast in early September. A threat to the Texas coast could come in mid-September.
Typically, tropical cyclone activity over the Atlantic and Caribbean Sea increases precipitously during the second week of August, and reaches its traditional peak on September 10.
For a more detailed look at what to expect in your area, be sure to check our long-range forecast.
See the Canadian summer forecast on page 2
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