We’re #1! There are many times in one’s life when that’s a fantastic proclamation and a source of pride. Maybe it happens when a favorite sports team wins the big championship. Maybe it’s a university with a top-ranked academic department. Maybe it’s the city judged to be the best place to raise a family. There are other lists, however, where nobody wants appear at the top: crime; obesity and school drop-out rates come to mind.
I knew I’d suffered through some pretty lousy weather in the Washington, DC area during the summer of 2010 but now it’s official: the Weather Channel proclaimed that the my hometown endured the worst weather in the United States these last few months.
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We had it all. Drought settled in during June and into July. Bruising thunderstorms pounded the area several times and uprooted hundreds of trees in early August. Blistering heat moved-in for the long haul. The temperature rose to 90° Fahrenheit (32.2° c.) or higher on 67 separated days and as recently as last Saturday. It’s wasn’t all terrible for me though. Thankfully I was sitting in Alaska wearing a light jacket because of the chill in the air on the day it hit 103° (39.4° c.) back in DC.
This followed a brutal winter where we set snowfall records but the Weather Channel rated us only in second place back then. First place for summer and second place for winter, and with that I think we have a really good shot at having the lousiest weather in the United States for 2010!
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