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National Weather Service: Summer of 2019 Sixth Hottest on Record

Jeff Orrock, Meteorologist in Charge, National Weather Service, Wakefield, Virginia.
Jeff Orrock, Meteorologist in Charge, National Weather Service, Wakefield, Virginia. (Photo: Charles Fishburne)

Figures are in for the summer of 2019, and forecasters say for the most part it was warmer than usual and dry, but Virginia escaped the extreme weather reported in other parts of the country.

At the Ashland farmers market, Jim Steward was complaining about his berries.

"It’s because it’s too darn hot," said Steward.

Patrick Johnson’s garlic is coming in sooner.

"I harvest garlic about a month earlier than I used to," Johnson said.

It has been hotter than usual

"This past summer, we were the sixth warmest in Richmond, I mean if you are going back to 1887," said Jeff Orrock at the National Weather Service in Wakefield. Orrock says it’s not the average, but the frequency and intensity of rainfall events warmer weather causes and rising sea levels.

"The water is going to rise in Virginia and the Hampton Roads region, no matter what."

He says it makes every coastal storm a potential for flooding and part of his job is to keep Virginians prepared.

"When it comes to the big storm, we all know it is well overdue."

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