Philly Summer Climate Outlook 2014

The big question that comes up this time of year is whether we will have a hot or cool summer, which is more a question of climate forecasting than weather forecasting. That said, I always like to give climate forecasting a shot. My winter forecast of colder than normal with above normal ice and snow did pretty well. Here’s my take on the upcoming summer–

Three things stand out this summer- the beginning of an El Niño Pacific cycle, the beginning decline in the solar maximum (whose peak sunspot number been lower than several previous cycles), and the continued tendency of the jet stream to dip down as it has been doing for the past 10 months.

The El Niño usually results in wetter conditions for our area and the low solar maximum combined with the continued jet stream dip tendency suggests cooler than average temperatures.

This doesn’t mean that we won’t get hot periods during the summer; that’s what summer is all about. But the my general feeling is that this summer may be cooler than average with above normal precipitation.