What’s missing so far this summer in South Jersey?

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The lack of a usual late-spring weather occurrence in South Jersey has weather watchers scratching their heads. They wonder what it means for the rest of the summer of 2014 weather forecast. The lack of a usual late-spring weather occurrence in South Jersey has weather watchers scratching their heads. They wonder what it means for the rest of the summer of 2014 weather forecast. The lack of a usual late-spring weather occurrence in South Jersey has weather watchers scratching their heads. They wonder what it means for the rest of the summer of 2014 weather forecast.

Where are the 90s?

The cooler waters of the Atlantic Ocean often delays the height of summer’s oppressive heat until July. However, a few early season 90-degree days seam to pop up in April and in May each year.

Remember when the mercury soared to 94 degrees on April 17, 2002?

And remember while Neil Armstrong and crew were making their final preparations for their Apollo 11 trip to the moon? Well, South Jersey residents baked with a 99 degree high temperature on May 29, 1969.

But not in 2014.

There have been no 90 degree days yet this year.

Though we came close with an 89 degree outing on May 27, the digital mercury in our electronic thermometers has failed to roll around to just one notch higher.

No 90s here.

Even at the Philadelphia International Airport, located on the I-95 urban heat island, digital thermometers have failed to roll around to the big 90.

Nada. Nothing. Zilch.

While no one seems to be complaining now, there may be a few grumbles of “Where was summer?” later in the season, according to one National Weather Service posting.

The lack of 90 degree days isn’t unheard of, but it is unusual, the National Weather Service wrote on May 30.

Since 1950, Philadelphia has gone this late in the season without any 90-degree days only 32 times. That’s about half the time.

So what does it mean for the rest of the summer?

Well, when there was a cool start to the spring and summer season, there was a cool end to it as well, the National Weather Service says.

The cool in May could be the cool that stays, or so they say.

Does a cool start mean a cool finish?

There were fewer 90-degree days the rest of the summer in 19 of those 32 years when the region failed to hit 90 degrees by the end of May, the National Weather Service said.

The lesson could be that a cold start means a cold finish as well. I hope Phillies fans are listening.

So could this mean the South Jersey region could be headed to a summer with a below-average number of 90 degree days?

Just maybe, according to the National Weather Service figures.

For the record, South Jersey gets about one 90-degree day in May, according to climate data collected at the Atlantic City International Airport in Egg HarborTownship.

South Jersey's 90-degree days

On average, June comes through with 3.5 days when the temperature reaches 90 degrees.

In July there are normally seven 90-degree days, the Weather Service says.

There are usually four 90-degree days in August and one in September.

Could this be the year South Jersey posts a big goose egg when it comes to the 90-degree scoreboard?

Just maybe.

AccuWeather’s 45-day crystal ball weather outlook shows only one 90-degree day though mid-July. Circle this date on your calendar now weather fans: June 19.

So this could be the year when you run your air conditioning unit just long enough to see if it still works.

Could it be a cool summer for South Jersey?

Just maybe.

But as they say in baseball, “There is a reason why they play the game.”

 

 

 

 

 

 


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