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Hot Sun? Summer in the City?

By July 25, 2009

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For the past couple of weeks, I've felt like summer is zipping by -- how is it already almost August? At first I thought the speed of summer had to do with how busy I've been, but now I think I might've found a new culprit: the weather. The Inquirer reported yesterday that while we've had a few hot days in the Philadelphia region this summer, our nights have mostly been cool -- and actual heat waves utterly absent. I can usually judge how far we are through summer by how many hot, tossing-and-turning nights I've had. But if you throw in that dreary week full of rain we had in late June, a good chunk of this summer has felt almost springlike.

Okay, not quite. We have had the humidity, and the thermometer has hit 90 more than once. But on the whole, reporter Anthony R. Wood noted that the Philadelphia has spent most of the summer in a cool pocket. According to Wood,
In most summers, a strong area of high pressure centered near Bermuda - the so-called Bermuda high - rules. Winds circulate clockwise around high centers, so Philadelphia and areas to the west experience warming winds from the south.

This summer, that high evidently has been upstaged by a general trough, or area of low pressure, over the Northeast, and that has kept things cool.

And, Wood reports, the cool nights are definitely not without benefits -- electric bills are remaining low while the air conditioning is off, and there have been no heat-related deaths in the city this summer.

So how are you enjoying the cool nights -- do you like your summers hot or not?

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