Classic Summertime in Norfolk

By Russell Russ

Here are the weather highlights from June as recorded at Norfolk’s National Weather Service Cooperative Weather Observer Station, Norfolk 2SW, by the Great Mountain Forest Corporation. Norfolk 2SW has recorded weather observations since January 1, 1932.

The month’s low temperature of 39 degrees was observed on June 7. The high temperature of 89 degrees was observed twice, on June 26 and again on June 27. The high temperature of 89 on June 27 tied the record high temperature for that date for this station. We also reached 89 degrees back on June 27, 2002. The average temperature this month was 64.9 degrees which was 1.7 degrees above normal.

We have made it through June with no higher temperature than 89 degrees. On average, Norfolk gets to 90 degrees or higher just 2.5 times per year. According to our records here at the station the highest temperature observed in the last 75 years was 101 degrees observed on June 29, 1933.

The total precipitation recorded for the month was 2.27 inches. This was 2.40 inches below normal. The total precipitation for 2007 through June is now 22.27 inches. Comparing this to the last 75 years we are now 3.50 inches below an average year.

Norfolk continued its game of hide and seek with big thunderstorms throughout the entire month of June. The only thunderstorm observed at the station this month was on June 5. There were at least five other days when there were storms all around, but not here at the station. It could be just a matter of time.

There were about eight days this month with classic hot and humid weather, but thankfully no long heat waves to date. Really, only two days come to mind as just plain rainy and wet all day long. On the plus side there were at least 16 days of really nice, pleasant New England summer weather.