Virginia: Shortest, mildest summer this century 

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Virginia: Shortest, mildest summer this century


15 Nov 08 - Here’s an email from a reader in Virginia

Hi Robert, 

Thought I'd share some observations.

I read your link, "2008 Temperatures Below Normal Most of USA." It shows the eastern part of Virginia as being "much above normal."

That graphic is very misleading. I'm pretty sure that if that Virginia section was broken down further, it'd show more blue or white. 

I live in the south east part of Virginia; we had the shortest, and mildest, summer this century. This area started cooling down in the second week of August. One August afternoon, both a neighbor and I were close to shivering while talking on her driveway.

During past summers, temperatures would be hot and mucky well into the evening. This year, we noticed a temperature change throughout the day.

It'd start cool and fresh in the morning, get warmer, peak in the afternoon, then noticeably drop. Most our evenings were cool with slight hint of chill.

Granted, we still had our heat waves, but they weren't as numerous or strong as they normally were.

We had more "below average" highs in August 2008 than we did October 2007. We saw our first morning frost in late October; we usually get this in late November.

On a side note, I saw the first wave of migrating birds in August. Saw a flock of geese flying southward, followed a few days latter by migrating birds settling on surrounding trees before flying further south. This is the earliest I've seen them go south. They usually do this late October and November.

People in this area have noticed this as well. 

Best regards,
Travis J. Hill 





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