Pat Shingleton: "The Summer that Wasn't"
This Monday, June 20th will be the longest day of the year and also the first day of Summer...It begins at 5:34 PM and lasts for 93 days. So keep hydrated, take needed breaks if you're in the heat, check on the elderly and if you experience respiratory and cardiac complications, we'll monitor the air quality for elevated readings. In referencing Summer, there wasn't one in 1816. Snow and frost were common in June, July and August in the eastern United States. Savannah, GA, recorded a daytime high of 46 on the 4th of July. Researchers believe that a volcanic eruption spewed so much dust into the atmosphere, causing the cool down. Here's a few more items. On April 3, 1984, 148 tornadoes hit 13 Midwestern states causing 315 fatalities and was later referred to as the "Super Tornado Outbreak." It takes a million cloud droplets to form a raindrop and there are as many raindrops in a thunderstorm as there are teaspoons of water in the ocean. The Earth is struck by lightning 30 to 100 times per second with the odds of being hit, 1 in 28,500. The energy released by one hurricane is the same as a megaton bomb exploding every minute. One of the few planes allowed to fly after September 11th, 2001 was an Air Force recon-plane out of Biloxi, MS., checking Tropical Storm Gabrielle. For the next 90 plus days, I will be asked when is it going to get cool? Our first freeze will be November 5th and we're out of the heat on September 24th.