Weather Talk: Don't give up on summer quite yet
Is summer dead? Well, it certainly seems to have peaked. The consistently cooler than average temperatures this August have certainly taken the edge off of what had been a nominally warm summer season.
Don't be surprised, though, if a few more hot afternoons and a few more muggy nights return before the month is over. It was back in August of 2003 when, following a relatively mild first half of August, a long stretch of hot and humid weather built into the northern Plains. For nine out of 12 days, temperatures were in the 90s, many in the middle and upper 90s, complete with high humidity. Many of the nights did not cool below 70 degrees.
This heat wave happened just as North Dakota schools were getting underway, causing the cancellation of classes in many districts. The Fargo School District was obliged to begin a program of installing air conditioners in older school buildings without air conditioning, as well as delaying the start date in future years.