Burlington, Vermont has warmer-than-average temperatures for 16 straight months now, which extends the ongoing record for the Queen City.
Since records began in the Burlington area, there has never been this many consecutive months without a 'below-average' month in terms of temperatures. The previous record for consecutive warm months was 14 which happened in the 1990s.
Here's the following data for the Burlington area when taking the low and high temperatures from each day of each month, and comparing them to the 'averages.'
|MONTH||OBSERVED TEMP||AVERAGE TEMP||DEPARTURE|
During this stretch, from April 2011 to July 2012, the temperature in Burlington has been +3.7° compared to average.
In the last one year, August 2011 to July 2012, the temperature has been +4.4° compared to average.
And just in 2012 alone, January to July has been +5.1° compared to average.
You can see that every month so far in 2012 was warmer than 2011. This warmer-than-average streak crested in March with an impressive 11 degrees warmer than average. Remember the 80s during that month? That's what helped that!
*Looking ahead to the future, here's what to expect:
Next 14 days through August 15: Warmer than average
Next one month through the end of August: Likely to be warmer than average.
Next three months through the end of October: Likely to be warmer than average.
*Forecast from the Climate Prediction Center.
You can check and poke around the CPC's web site a little more if you want to get seasonal outlooks in regards to temperature and precipitation. You can also keep up with the ongoing drought and expectations with regards to that as well. That link is here:
I don't foresee a soon end to this warmer-than-average temperature streak. Possibly, by my best guess, I'd say Nov./Dec. is when we can expect a cool down. I sure hope so, especially after that lackluster weather making it tough on the ski resorts last winter!
-Meteorologist Steve Glazier