D.C. faced ‘worst summer weather’

Washingtonians had some wacky weather this summer, and others from outside the Beltway have taken note.

The Weather Channel gave the D.C. metro area the distinction of having had the worst summer weather in the U.S. this year.

D.C. earned the top spot based on the number of damaging thunderstorms, consistent high heat and drought the area experienced.

TWC said the three-month period from June to August was the hottest period on record for the D.C. area.

“High temperatures reached the triple digits on four different days, [the] average is around one day per year,” The Weather Channel reported.

According to TWC, this past July tied July 1993 as the hottest month ever recorded.

Along with the heat, large storms caused thousands of dollars in damage in the area.

Sophomore Mona Mohseni, who lived in the D.C. this summer, said she experienced some of the after effects of major storms in the region.

“My friends lost power for about five days so they all slept at my house, which was fun at first,” Mohseni said.

TWC reported that one storm July 25 had 90-mile-per-hour winds and caused “hundreds of thousands” of people to lose power.

Although she did not experience a power outage herself, Mohseni said she felt TWC’s assessment was true.

“But [the weather is] not the worst in the country. We have very extreme weather, that’s why everyone freaks out when it’s actually nice out,” she said.

Another storm Aug. 5 caused 60,000 people to lose power, with Alexandria, Va., hit particularly hard. The third major storm of the summer occurred a week later, knocking out power for about 100,000 people and causing flash floods.

At the start of the summer, the region faced a moderate drought, caused by drier weather in April, May and June, but TWC said the rain in July and August “helped pull much of the area out of drought.”

Not all students who stayed in D.C. during that period were convinced by TWC’s assessment of the worst summer weather, however.

“I think [The Weather Channel’s ranking] is ludicrous,” Ali Moore, a graduate student, said. She added that she believed “Nevada has much worse summer weather. It just gets so much hotter there.”

The District also faced the opposite weather extreme earlier this year, with major snowstorms landing the city second on TWC’s list of the top 10 worst winters in the country.

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