There has been strong temperature contrasts across the lower 48 states so far this summer. The northeastern third of the country has experienced very little summer weather since Memorial Day weekend. Much of New England has been rainy and very cool. Portland, Maine has recorded four out of their top-ten coolest July high temperatures ever recorded this month. New York City failed to hit 85 or higher in June for the first time since 1903 and almost all cities in the northeast are reporting temperatures three to six degrees below normal so far this summer.
Yet, at the same time, the south central part of the United States, especially Texas is experiencing an extremely hot summer, even by their standards with temperatures running three to six degrees above average. Locally, we have been one of the in between spots, experiencing stretches of both above and below normal temperatures.