Though it is a bit premature to say that summer is in full swing, June certainly has all the elements at its disposal. The longest daylight hours can push thermometers toward the 100 degree mark in a few rare instances, and the first potent spell of muggy, humid weather can easily occur as the typical storm tracks has shifted to our north. However, the ground is cool, and the departing ice in Canada is enough to send a late-season cold spell south. This can trigger thunderstorms, and might be followed by a late-season frost in the colder mountain valleys. Still, June is sunnier than any of the preceding months of the year, briefly blocked by billowing clouds, or a cloud of black flies at their annual pesky maximum.
“A swarm of bees in June, is worth a silver spoon.”
“If a June night could talk, it would probably boast that it invented romance.” Bern Williams
3 – 1986: Burlington, VT at 33 degrees, and St. Johnsbury, VT at 30 degrees tied records for the coldest June temperatures on their records, both extending back to the late 1800s.
9 – 2004: Powerful thunderstorms knocked down hundreds of trees and numerous power lines. Golf-ball sized hail at Tupper Lake, NY, and 2 small tornadoes near Gouveneur, NY.
11 – 1773: In the “History of Newbury (VT)” it was noted “This night there fell a snow 2 inches deep.”
14 – 2002: Flash flooding killed one, and forced evacuations of over one hundred people along the Mad River and the Passumpsic River. Over 6 inches of rain fell over 3 days.
20 – 1918: Frosty end to spring in Somerset, VT, 28 degrees.
22 – 1906: A tremendous hailstorm occurred in Chelsea, VT, producing a swath of hail about 1 mile wide and 10 miles long. In places the hail piled upwards of 1 to 2 feet in depth.
June Records and Averages
Warmest: 69.6°F/2005 Coldest: 59.2°F/1958
Wettest: 9.65”/1973 Driest: 0.66”/1936
From The Old Farmer’s Almanac
|Sun||2:44 AM||5:07 AM||8:25 PM||10:46 PM||15 hr 18 min|
|Moon||2:59 AM||4:14 PM|
|Sun||2:41 AM||5:07 AM||8:36 PM||11:02 PM||15 hr 29 min|
|Moon||2:12 AM||4:23 AM|