Good afternoon Noernetters:
Just a little light reading to jog your memories or to use to inform others .
As we continue through the high heat and droughty conditions, most of the Southern half of WI has been questioning whether this year is worse than 1988, which is widely considered the worst droughty summer (excluding the Dust Bowl years). Southern WI is officially categorized as in a Severe Drought according to the US Drought Monitor.
Unfortunately, Milwaukee is the closest official weather station to me with detailed records dating back to ’88. So your location may have different numbers. But here’s what I’ve found comparing the periods of June 1-July 12 for both year.
Max Temperature 100 103
Average Daily Temp 72 74
Average Dew Point 52 57
Total Rain 0.4 0.84
Total Days 90+ degrees 13 11
Total Days 100+ degrees 2 2
Courtesy of Wunderground.com
I dropped out of statistics in college, so I can’t confirm my analysis. But, it appears that both years are pretty damn close. 1988 is winning with less rain. However, 2012 has been warmer. However, for us to exceed 1988 we’ll need to accumulate 24 additional days of 90+ degrees. 36 days in 1988 exceeded 90-degrees. Milwaukee’s at 12 for the season so far.
So what’s your feeling per your location or experience?
Oconomowoc Golf Club