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Old 06-19-2012, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Falls Church, VA
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Wow, such short memories. We just came off of the two hottest summers on record!
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:20 PM
 
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People can measure degree-days in either direction, but those aren't necessarily what one experiences. I think you could get widespread agreement that recent seasons of all types have included more delightful days and fewer horrendous days than what has come our way over the relatively recent past. We'll see if that notion holds together or falls apart over the next couple of months. No doubt it could go either way...
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:25 PM
 
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100 degree summers seems to be more common lately, I can remember a time if the thermo hit 100 it would be like, oh the humanity! hide the women and children!
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:53 PM
 
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That may be because there weren't any 100-degree days (at Dulles) between 1999 and 2008. There was one in 2008 and there were three in 2011, marking just the third year since Dulles began keeping weather records in 1963 that there had been more than two. The average is 0.6 such days per year. The record high at Dulles was 105 degrees and was set in 2011. There had previously been two 104-degree days, one in 1988 and one in 1983.
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Where I live it's usually 5 degrees cooler in the summer and 5 degrees warmer in the winter than in town at the other end of the parkway. GW was pretty smart to have settled here before the days of central heating and A/C.

It does seem we've had a lot more days recently than we did in the '90s where the temp's been between 60 and 85.
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Old 06-20-2012, 06:48 PM
 
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We get the at least the five degrees cooler thing in the summer here in the rolling countryside of Vienna/Oakton alright, but we're definitely not seeing the five degrees warmer in winter part at all. Are here thermal vents down your way or something?
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:47 AM
 
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We get the at least the five degrees cooler thing in the summer here in the rolling countryside of Vienna/Oakton alright, but we're definitely not seeing the five degrees warmer in winter part at all. Are here thermal vents down your way or something?
I'm guessing its due to proximity to the river, elevation, and a more Southern exposure.
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Old 06-21-2012, 04:00 AM
 
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I'm guessing its due to proximity to the river, elevation, and a more Southern exposure.
I guess. I wouldn't think the river would be enough water to make much of a temperature difference. Gotta be thermal vents hiding around there somewhere. Iceland-on-the-Pototmac...
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:53 AM
 
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I have lived here pretty much my whole life as well (a native northern Virginian...dying breed!) and the winters are considerably less exciting then they used to be. However, I wouldn't consider this a good thing...cause I think it is mostly attributed to global warming... my husband is from Denmark and many years ago they would get snowed in most of the time and have 6 feet of snow on the ground but these days... they hardly get any snow.

I personally hate the heat and do not relish 100 degree sweltering days with 100% humidity... but I do like that we are still relatively natural disaster free... aside from the occasional out of the blue earth quake or tornado.
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Old 06-21-2012, 12:39 PM
 
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... but I do like that we are still relatively natural disaster free... aside from the occasional out of the blue earth quake or tornado.
And the deer eating all your petunias...
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