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June 2014 Weather Summary

July 22nd, 2014

I’ve been working at a new job so posts have been limited this Summer. June 2014 was relatively cool with rainfall slightly above average. June also continued the trend of below normal temperatures for every month this year so far. The average temperature was 70.7 °F, which is 0.6 °F below normal. There was only one 90-degree day where we normally have 4 such days. The high temperature of 90 °F occurred on the 18th and the low of 50 °F on the 1st. The coolest June at the station was 68 °F in 2009 and the warmest was 74 °F in 2010.

The monthly rainfall total was 5.86″ which is 0.74″ above the station normal of 5.12″. The maximum daily rainfall of 1.28″ was recorded on the 12th. At the end of the month we accumulated a rainfall surplus of 6.18″ for the year! Rainfall totals in other areas of the county were the following: Mohnton: 5.01″, West Lawn (Lincoln Park): 4.89″, Wyomissing: 4.87″, Reading Airport: 3.79″, West Reading: 4.36″, Laureldale: 4.79″, Fleetwood: 4.72″, Kutztown: 4.64″, Oley: 3.78″, and Alburtis: 6.49″.

Wind was generally light which is typical for June and the predominant wind direction was South West. The average wind speed for the month was 2.8 mph which is slightly above the normal of 3.1 mph. The peak wind gust of 32 mph occurred on the 13th and there were 223 hours of calm winds recorded.

Sunshine hours totaled 192 hours which is well above our monthly average of 156 hours. A typical maximum daily solar reading was 990 w/m² and the maximum daily UV index averaged a typical 8.5.

County Records at the Reading Airport: None
Station All-Time Records Set: None

Note: Station normal and averages include the current year’s values and date back to 2004.

Note: Station rain totals other than the Reading Airport are from CoCoRaHS and are typically recorded at 9 AM so the totals may not align with ours if precipitation events occur at the end of the month or the beginning of the next month.

Latest 90-Degree Day at Station

June 19th, 2014

Wednesday, June 18th marked the first 90-degree day at the station for 2014. The was the latest date for reaching 90 °F in the station’s 11 year history. The earliest date for reaching 90 °F was April 26th, 2009 and the typical time is the last week in May.

Through May the average temperature for the year has been 40 °F which is about 4.5 °F below normal. Every month this year has been below average so far although June has been normal as of June 18th. The NWS long-term outlook for the Summer currently shows normal for us in both temperature and precipitation.

CW4113 Earliest 90-Deg Days

April 2014 Ends with Flooding Rains

April 30th, 2014

The final day of April ended on a soggy note with 3.11″ of rain recorded. The Reading Airport set a daily rainfall record of 3.00″ crushing the old mark of 1.40″ from 1947. The monthly total at the station was 7.54″ which is 180% of normal but still well short of the April record of 8.45″ from 2011. The overall 3 day storm total, as of 10 AM, on May 1st was exactly 4.00″!

Totals in other areas of the county: Reading Airport: 3.68″, Lincoln Park: 3.89″, W. Reading: 4.33″, Wernersville: 4.18″, Boyertown: 5.69″, Mohnton: 4.16″, Laureldale: 4.09″, Oley: 3.96″, Wyomissing: 3.79″, and Alburtis: 4.27″.
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April Site Update

April 30th, 2014

The website has been updated in a few areas to add some things and to correct some issues. The following are the changes:

  • The main website was converted to html5 format for better compatibility
  • Snow data now only shows from October through April
  • The Solar and UV data now rotates with the rain data pane
  • The moon info was moved to the forecast pane
  • An Advisory bug was fixed when multiple entries sometimes showed
  • The Forecast script has additional error checking and now uses cURL
  • Several other small tweaks were applied