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Summer of 2017: Hot, muggy, wet

By DON KEATING The Newcomerstown News Published: August 9, 2017 12:00 AM

The summer of 2017 continues to cruise along and one of the typically hotter months, July, has just come and gone. One of the things you may have noticed was the oppressive humidity. It wasn't unusual to have humidity readings at or over 60% at noon, and that makes it feel quite muggy.

Of course rainfall was at a premium. Well over five inches of rain was measured in Newcomerstown during the month with the heaviest 24 hour fall being on the 23rd with 1.39 inches. There were also numerous thunderstorms and mornings with fog. The most notable storm took place on the 7th with a peak wind gust of 44 miles per hour and numerous trees damaged.

Several times I heard people comment on how hot it was. Well yes there were some pretty warm and muggy days, but it wasn't as "hot" as you may think. Only one time did the thermometer hit or exceed 90 degrees and that was on the 19th with a reading of 91.

But why were there so many thunderstorms? Well it was because of a frontal boundary that made residence in Ohio quite often. Visualize a line in the sand. Then picture one person on one side of the line, and another on the other side. The goal is to cross the line to take over your opponents territory. Well as cooler drier air tries to take over from the north and warm muggy air tries to keep its place, the two battle it out in the atmosphere. That conflict zone is what causes thunderstorms to form. That boundary between the air masses is a "front". And as long as there is a front in or near Ohio, you can expect more of the same.

Following is a summary of July weather data for my weather station on Heller Drive in Newcomerstown.

Average high temperature was 83.8 degrees and the average low temperature was 63.6 degrees. The high temperature in July was on the 19th with 91 degrees while the coolest morning low was 55 on the 9th. Rainfall was 5.48" which is only slightly above normal. The highest wind gust was 44 mph during the Thunderstorms on July 7th. The most amount of rainfall was on the 23rd with 1.39". There were 12 days where thunder was heard.


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