ROANOKE, Va. - – The end of August marks the end of summer in the weather world. June, July and August represent the three-month period called meteorological summer. This differs from astronomical summer for one reason, good record keeping.
August split right down the middle in the temperature department. The first half started off on the cooler side and then all of a sudden the blow torch that was much of July came back. As a whole we were below normal in the rainfall department and slightly below in terms of temperature.
August joins June as being below average in the temperature department. Overall meteorological summer finishes above average temperature wise thanks to a blazing hot July. That July featured 16 straight days of 90-degree heat. Rainfall was below normal for that three-month stretch.
Now onto September. September will feature the area losing 10 degrees from our average afternoon highs and almost 70 minutes of daylight. Fall begins Sept. 22nd.