DFW sees coolest summer in decade

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Summers of note

2014: average temperature of 84.2, 14 100-degree days

2013: 84.8, 28

2011: 90.5, 71

2007: 84.4, five

2004: 81.5, one

Source: National Weather Service

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To say it’s been pleasant might be stretching it a bit, but the summer of 2014 was the coolest in 10 years.

And with 14 100-degree days, it also had the fewest triple-digit temperatures since 2007, when there were only 5.

While the summers of 2004 and 2007 were two of the wettest on record, that wasn’t the case this year, said National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Huckaby. Even though August was wetter than normal, June and July were not.

“It’s unusual to have a summer that is mild without a lot of rainfall, but that’s what happened this year,” Huckaby said. “What separated this summer was the frequency of cold fronts.”

At Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, the average temperature from June 1 to Aug. 30 was 84.2, which was close to the 30-year norm and the coolest since 2004.

The calendar summer still has a few weeks to go, but the meteorological summer runs from June 1 to Aug. 30.

DFW Airport recorded 4.34 inches of rain in August — 2.43 inches above normal and the wettest August since 1996. Most of the rain fell on Aug. 16-17, when 2.85 inches fell within 24 hours.

Other areas, including parts of Tarrant County, saw far less rainfall in August. Both Meacham and Alliance airports were nearly 1.5 inches below normal.

As for the September outlook, no cooler weather is on the way just yet.

Some areas southeast of Dallas could see showers from the Texas coast Tuesday afternoon, when storms associated with Tropical Storm Dolly could move this direction.

“It will spread some clouds and some midlevel moisture, but that’s about it,” National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Harris said.

Rain may also develop this weekend. Forecasters are calling for a 30 percent chance Saturday night and Sunday, but that could climb.

As for fall weather, Harris isn’t ready to predict when the first real cold front will arrive. Some forecast models suggest that it could happen next week, but Harris said it’s too early to say whether it will get to Texas.

“We know we can see 100-degree temperatures well into September,” Harris said. “I’m not ready to say we’ve seen our last one.”

The latest 100-degree temperature occurred on Oct. 3, 1951, when it reached 106.

Bill Hanna, 817-390-7698 Twitter: @fwhanna

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