Recapping Summer 2011. Labor Day signifies the end of summer for many (though technically it’s not over until Sept. 23). And this has not been a summer lacking history or intrigue in the greater Philadelphia area. In terms of weather, we had heat, rain, earthquakes and hurricanes. July was the hottest month in Philadelphia history, or as The National Weather Service put it:
“The July average came in at 82.4, beating 1994 by 0.3 degrees. Not only was that the warmest July ever, it was the warmest month. That makes sense, since solar heating usually peaks in July.”
August, on the other hand, was the wettest month in Philadelphia history, with a lot of help from Hurricane Irene. From Philly.com:
“The 19.3 inches measured at Philadelphia International Airport smashed the old August record of 12.1, set in 1911, and topped the 13.0 that fell in September 1999, the month of Floyd and the erstwhile rainiest month.”
On the sports front, the Phillies continue to amaze us, compiling a 52-25 record over the months of June, July and August as they chase another NL East title and hopefully more. For the Eagles, it was the summer of the acquisition which has now led to major hype, from Nnamdi Asomugha to Vince Young and more. And of course Michael Vick’s 6-year, $100 million contract extension last week grabbed a few headlines.
The20’s @anniemal weighs in with a brief sentiment many of us share:
@anniemal: I reject the end of summer.
Without even getting into much of the news, there were certainly plenty of other memorable Summer 2011 events. What will you remember the Summer of 2011 for most?
[Philly.com, Birds Nest, NWS, @anniemal]
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