Autumn's Arrival Ends Long, Hot Summer
Posted on September 23, 2012
Autumn's start on Saturday closes the door on a summer that ruined some crops and made folks swelter across Giles and surrounding counties.
Although the latter part of July and all of August redeemed the season for many, June was both very hot and extremely dry.
Middle Tennessee set an all-time heat record on June 29, when the temperature reached 109 degrees.
But Bobby Boyd, a forecaster with the National Weather Service, said the run-up to summer steered the weather into torrid heat.
The winter months were very mild, with the coldest reading recorded was at 18 degrees. Boyd said the state had the warmest March on record, with the average temperature 11 degrees above normal.
Spring planting was early and then came June.
From late March to early July, crops received little rain.
Then a blast of triple-digit heat hampered corn pollination.
The weather outlook for autumn and into the winter is for slightly above normal temperatures and normal rainfall across the region.