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Climatological Summer Ends Cooler, Wetter Than Normal In Denver

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The Mobile Weather Lab tracks rain in the Denver metro area on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.  (credit: CBS)

The Mobile Weather Lab tracks rain in the Denver metro area on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. (credit: CBS)

Chris Spears By Chris Spears
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DENVER (CBS4) - Although the astronomical fall doesn’t officially arrive in Denver until 8:29 p.m. on September 22, the meteorological fall is already here.

The months of September, October and November are considered fall in the world of weather.

THE CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMER

The climatological summer covers the months of June, July and August.

For Denver, this summer will go down as one we haven’t experienced in several years.

Temperatures for the period were slightly cooler than normal while precipitation was well above normal.

TEMPERATURES

Despite there being a few hot days during July, overall, it was a cool summer in the Mile High City.

In fact, it was 0.5 degrees below average for the three month period.

  • June 2014 – average temperature was 67.3 degrees (0.1 degrees below normal)
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  • July 2014 – average temperature was 74.5 degrees (0.3 degrees above normal)
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  • August 2014 – average temperature was 70.8 degrees (1.9 degrees below normal)
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    There were 27 days with temperatures at or above 90 degrees, including a 9-day streak of 90s during the last half of July.

    A typical summer season brings about 40 days with highs in the 90s.

    While it’s still possible to record a few more 90 degree days in the month of September, there aren’t too many more opportunities to do so this year.

    The hottest temperature of the summer was 100 degrees on July 7.

    It was the one and only time Denver hit the triple digits during 2014.

    PRECIPITATION

    It was a wet season at Denver’s official weather station with 8.40 inches of rain measured between June 1 and August 31.

    Rainfall for the period was 2.61 inches above normal.

    Rain was measured on 30 of the 92 days with a trace of rain measured on an additional 19 days.

  • June 2014 – 1.82 inches of rain (0.16 inches below normal)
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  • July 2014 – 3.85 inches of rain (1.69 inches above normal)
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  • August 2014 – 2.73 inches of rain (1.08 inches normal)
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