On this edition of ABC6 WeatherLab, we're going to compare and contrast. First let's start with the month of September, or at least the first half of September. The month got off to a hot start with highs near 90 on each of the first 2 days. But the heat didn't stop there. When the first week was in the books, the average daily high temperature for Sept. 1st through Sept. 7th was a whopping 87.3 degrees! That's over 8 degrees warmer than normal. And it was also the hottest week of the entire Summer season. Then it was time for a dose of reality. The second week of September brought cool nights and mild afternoons, with an average high of 74.8 degrees for the week. Not only was it a whole lot cooler than the first week of September, it was also the coolest week of the entire Summer season. Yes, the hottest week of Summer was directly followed by the coolest week of the Summer.
Next we will contrast the 2014 Hurricane Season in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. We'll start with the Atlantic because we're biased. Through the middle of September, it had been a relatively quiet Hurricane Season in the Atlantic Basin, with 5 named storms, including Hurricane Edouard, which reached Category 3 status as it drifted in the open Atlantic. Compare that to the very active Pacific Hurricane Season, which through mid-September had seen 15 named storms, including hurricanes in consecutive weeks (Norbert and Odile) that affected the Baja Peninsula off the west coast of Mexico.