Wednesday, August 14, 2002

Hot and Dry

Judging by climatic conditions in the Nation's capitol, this summer has been unusually hot and dry (with the exception of the suffocating humidity) in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Thus far, temperatures (as measured by cooling-degree days) have averaged about 15 percent above normal. Even more telling, precipitation is 30 percent below normal for the year to date. Only 2 of the preceding 12 months (April and June) experienced above-average rainfall. August has been exceptionally dry, with precipitation to date a mere 9 percent of normal. Source: Washington Post, August 14, 2002.

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