2nd hottest/longest/driest on record, beaten only by the summer of 1976. My figs loved it - as you know. Gave over 200 away, and still have a freezer full of fig puree and fig jam. We'll be eating figs until they come back on stream next June, and they're still ripening now. In 2006 I was picking ripe figs up to mid-December!!
My personal impression/recollection is that it roughly equalled the summer of 1975, which was also a scorcher. Not many ppl remember that one coz it was overshadowed by the following summer, which was an all time record breaker.
Oh yeah, that reminds me:
@ tomi - Nope, no constipation around here. The figs took care of that. But thanks for your profound concern for my bowel movements 'old fruit'. And so good of you to raise the level of the debate once again. Much appreciated.
I'm sure both you & trapezoid will be very happy 'debating' the finer points of atheism and/or heresy. We lesser mortals have so much to learn from you both, and we will remain forever in your debt.