Raining, sweating, winning? By Alvin Chang
The good news is, you’re not imagining things: 2013 has so far been one of the hottest and wettest summers on record for Boston. And the better news? The Red Sox tend to have a slightly better record when the summers are miserable. This may just be statistical noise. But on the off chance it isn’t, we’ll take one for the team.
Top four hottest and wettest summers since 1920:
Average rainfall: 6.8 inches/month
Average high temperature: 79.3° F
Win-loss percentage: 0.545
That August, it rained more than 17 inches in Boston--still the record. According to news reports, this caused a rat problem in the city. At least the Sox were 47-31 at Fenway.
Average rainfall: 5.0 inches/month
Average high temperature: 78.6° F
Win-loss percentage: 0.487
No, the 16-plus inches of rain in both June and July wasn’t the worst thing about the summer. Slugger Ted Williams had the worst season of his career, batting .254.
Average rainfall: 6.1 inches/month
Average high temperature: 76.9° F
Win-loss percentage: 0.591
This wasn’t a particularly hot summer, but Boston got 25 inches of rain from June through September, making it the second wettest since 1920. The Sox were dominant at Fenway, finishing 52-23.
Average rainfall: 3.3 inches/month
Average high temperature: 80.7° F
Win-loss percentage: 0.549
There wasn’t too much rain in the summer of 2010, just steady heat from June (78.8 ° F) to July (85.8 ° F) to August (81.4 ° F). The Sox were decent, but missed the playoffs--and they haven’t been back since.
Red Sox Win-Loss Percentage
Average High Temperature
Note: Data use months of June, July, August, and September.