West Coast Summer
September 28, 2010Posted by on
UPDATE: Some of the graphs were in error and have now been fixed, however it didn’t change any of the results.
Back in August I did a post that showed that Los Angeles and San Diego had record breaking cool July’s. I also did a post on the how hot July really was on the East Coast. This time I will do expanded posts on the summers for the West Coast and the East Coast. These posts will have both rural and urban stations, coastal and inland stations with the criteria I looked for was records that went from the late 1800’s to the present in GISS station analysis. You can get the data from here: http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/station_data/
So we will start on the West Coast with 11 stations in total 6 coastal, 5 inland. I will start in Washington and work south for the coastal stations then do the same with the inland stations.
Here in Figure 1 we see that the summer of 2010 was the second coolest in the Aberdeen record and well below average.
Here in Figure 2 we see that in Astoria while 2010 was below the average temperature it was nowhere close to a record summer, if anything it would be considered just another normal summer.
Here in Figure 3 we see Eureka was below average in 2010 but again not a record breaker, it would also be considered just another normal summer.
Here in Figure 4 we see that San Francisco was above average, but not anything special either. What the San Francisco record shows is that you basically have one period below average (1881-1956) and a second period above average (1957-2010), with below periods showing basically a flat trend with in those periods as you can see below in Figures 5 and 6.
Here in Figure 7 we see that 2010 was a record cool summer well below average.
Here in Figure 8 we see that 2010 was also a record cool summer well below average.
So over all out of the 6 coastal stations we have 1 above average, 3 well below average (2 records and 1 second place) and 2 below average but not unusual.
Now lets move onto the inland stations.
Here in Figure 9 we see the Ellensburg is below average but not unusual.
Here in Figure 10 we again see that 2010 was below average but not unusual.
Here in Figure 11 we see that 2010 was above average but again not that unusual.
Here in Figure 12 we see 2010 below average but again not unusual.
Here in figure 13 we see 2010 above average but again not unusual.
So out of the 5 inland stations we have 2 above average and 3 below and all 5 not unusual.
So overall we see record cool summers along the Southern California coast and up north on the coast of Washington, everywhere else up and down the coast and inland was not that unusual for summer with 3 stations a little above average and 5 a little below.