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The first half of summer has featured above-normal temperatures for most of the region.
The first two weeks of July were warmer than normal at all 35 first-order climate sites. When looking at data from July 1-15, 30 sites ranked the first half of July 2013 as one of their top 20 warmest. In fact, Providence, RI, (+6.2 degrees) and Islip, NY, (+5.1 degrees) ranked the first two weeks of July 2013 as their warmest on record. When expanding to June 1 through July 15, all 35 sites were warmer than normal with 27 sites ranking the first half of Summer 2013 among their top 20 warmest.
Precipitation has also been above normal for most of the region so far this summer.
As for precipitation during the first two weeks of July, the sites were split: 17 were wetter than normal, 17 were drier than normal, and one was normal. Binghamton, NY, had its wettest start to July on record at 236 percent of normal. Conversely, Caribou, ME, had its driest start to July at 1 percent of normal. At the midway point of summer, 33 of 35 sites were running above normal for precipitation with 29 sites ranking the 2013 period among their top 20 wettest. Wilmington, DE, (253 percent of normal) and Albany, NY, (218 percent of normal) ranked the first half of Summer 2013 as their wettest on record.