Buresh Blog: Slightly below avg. June temps... above avg. rainfall... July averages... Independence Day smoke

Buresh Blog: Slightly below avg. June temps... above avg. rainfall... July averages... Independence Day smoke

Jacksonville, Fl. — June marked the first month with below avg. temps. albeit only slightly - less than half a degree. There were 14 90-degree days which is below the avg. of 18 days. We can largely thank a cool mid month period that included record lows. Rainfall ended up above avg. - by more than 3″ at JIA as the wet season kicked into high gear.

July averages (hottest month of the year on avg *but* lose nearly a half hour of daylight!:

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And while July marks the hottest time of the year, the sun is at its most *distant* point from the earth! That’s right - aphelion is July 4th. Remember the seasons are a function of the tilt of the earth & during the summer, the N. Hemisphere’s tilt it toward the sun. The sun is closest to the earth during the winter in January. Image below from NOAA/NASA:

Independence Day & fireworks adds up to polluted - or at least smoky - skies.