If you thought you used your air-conditioning unit a lot this summer, you weren’t imagining things.
The mid-Willamette Valley has had 27 days above 90 degrees this year, well above the historical average of 13 or 14 days, said Kathie Dello, deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University.
The all-time record is 30 at OSU’s Hyslop Research Farm, which was most recently tied in 2015, she said.
“The summers have been hot lately, and this one was no exception,” Dellos said.
With the calendar turning to October, “We’re probably done with 90-degree days,” she added.
This summer — that’s June, July and August for weather experts — also was the fifth-warmest on record, with an average temperature of 67.4 degrees.
The record was in 1915, which had an average temperature of 69.2 degrees, though the weather monitoring station was on campus back then.
The second-warmest year on record for the Albany and Corvallis areas was 2015, which had an average temperature of 68.9 degrees. The average temperature at Hyslop in 2014 was 67.7 degrees, tied for fourth hottest.
October also brought the end of the water year, and this was the fourth-wettest on record, with 60.54 inches of precipitation. About 40.5 inches is normal, Dello said.
The record is 1973-74, which had 67.7 inches of precipitation.
Last October had record-setting rain for the month, with 12.15 inches. And things stayed fairly wet until mid-June, when things dried up in a hurry thanks to scorching temperatures.
“Think of this summer as a flash drought instead of a flash flood,” Dello said.