A Look at the Warm Weather so far this Summer and this Year

This summer has been a warm one up to this point. In fact, for the period from June 1st to July 16th, the average temperature was 66.4 degrees at the National Weather Service office located in Negaunee Township, making this the warmest June 1st to July 16th period on record. The second warmest June 1st to July 16th period had an average temperature of 66.1 degrees and was recorded in 2005.

This simply continues the trend of above normal temperatures this year. The average temperature from January 1st to July 16th was 42.6 degrees, the warmest on record. The second warmest January 1st to July 16th period had an average temperature of 41.3 degrees and was recorded just two years ago in 2010.

Looking at just July so far, the average temperature has been 71.6 degrees, which is 6.1 degrees above normal. This easily makes the first 16 days of July the warmest on record. The second warmest July 1st to July 16th period had an average temperature of 70.1 degrees and was recorded in 2002. Weather records for the National Weather Service office located in Negaunee Township date back to 1961.

As you would expect with the warm weather this year, Lake Superior water temperatures are also warmer than average. Here's an updated look at how this year's average surface water temperature compares to the 1992-2011 long term average surface water temperature.

And here's an updated look at how this year's average surface water temperature compares to the last several years.

Warm weather has not only been observed in the Great Lakes region. As can be seen in the image below, above normal temperatures have been the rule across most of the continental United States this year. Only the far western U.S. has experienced a cooler than normal year so far.



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