I Wonder: Record-breaking heat

I Wonder: Record-breaking heat

I Wonder: Record-breaking heat




Posted on August 9, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 12:38 AM

What records has this heat wave broken?

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s HOT. As a native Texan, I can say I have never seen (or felt, rather) such extreme heat.

While we buckle down and anxiously wait for salvation from the statewide drought, I thought I (with the help of KVUE Chief Meteorologist Mark Murray) would take a look at where Austin currently stands on record temperature lists.

Murray says the Camp Mabry database from 1900 to the present indicates the years with the greatest number of 100°+ days as follows:

1)      69 Days  1925

2)      68 Days 2009

3)      66 Days 1923

4)      55 Days 2011 (up to and including 8/8/2011)

5)      50 Days 2008

6)      42 Days 2000

7)      40 Days 2001

Tie  40 Days 1963

Tie  40 Days 1913

10)    38 Days 1998

As if that didn’t make you start to sizzle, did you know we just came out of THE warmest month Austin has ever seen? July 2011 was the warmest month in Austin’s history with an average temperature of 89.7°.  Second and third place were not long ago. In July 2009, Austin averaged at 89.5°, and the average temperature in August 2009 was 89.1°.

For those of you who want to do the math, Murray says the average temperature for a month is calculated by adding up all of the daily highs and the daily lows, dividing by two, then dividing by the number of days in the given month. 

Another hot fact – there have been several years where Austin has not seen a single day at 100°. Doesn’t that sound nice? Those years were: 1904, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1919, 1968, 1973, 1979, and 1987.

While records are usually fun to break, this heat is what needs to be broken. Now, go do your rain dance!

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