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Sayonara, summer

While students, teachers and staff would claim that summer ends when the new school year begins, Labor Day weekend has traditionally been considered summer’s farewell.

If so, this was a rather soft summer for Wichita. The city hit 100 only four times this year, and not one of them was in August.

In fact, the city set one record low in late August and nearly set another. For the entire month, the average temperature was nearly four degrees below normal.

The record was set on Aug. 22, when the thermometer dropped to 53. Wichita hit 53 again on the last morning of the month.

Nearly 4 inches of rain fell in August, a full inch above average. For the year, Wichita is at 27.6 inches – 5.5 inches above normal.