Long Hot Summer Worst On Record
The National Weather Service says Summer 2010 is the hottest on record.
June, July and August this summer averaged 81.3 degrees.
McGhee: Previously, the warmest summer on record was back in 1900.
John McGhee, National Weather Service.
McGhee: Average temperature for those three months of 79.6 degrees.
Dominion Virginia Power generators have been spinning all summer.
Neddedine: The all-time high of customer use of electricity occurred back on August 8th of 2007.
Spokesman Carl Neddedine says this summer’s peak was about 19,140 one hot day in July, but it was not a record. Four areas are in serious drought conditions.
Thomas: Waverly, Tappahannock, Charlottesville and Farmville are all over 500.
Richard Thomas, Virginia Department of Forestry.
Thomas: Pretty high. We go from a scale to zero to 800; we've got a couple of areas that are over 600, means it's bone-dry.
Thomas says it could mean trouble for the entire state when the leaves fall and we begin forest fire season in earnest.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE news