A Welcome Cool-down

June 26, 2006 at 11:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

An unusual late June cold front arrived on Sunday, and we are now enjoying a temporary break from what has been our hottest year ever. By early Tuesday morning, temperature will drop into the low and mid 60’s across our area, and even into the 50’s along the Red River.

But we know that temperatures will rebound quickly in the days to come. And the first half of 2006 is sure to go down in history as the hottest ever.

Here’s the latest average high temperatures from Jan 1 through Jun 26:

# 1 2006 77.8
# 2 1911 76.0

When you look at the data from Jan 1 through Jun 30, you find that 1911 is still # 1, at 76.4 degrees. But as you can see, unless we have highs in the 40’s the rest of this week, by the end of June we will still see 2006 as, far and away, the warmest first-half of the year ever.

Years like 1980, 1998 and 2000 all had months of searing heat, with a high pressure area parked overhead. But in those years, the heat was primarily a summer feature. What has made 2006 so unusual is the unrelenting heat throughout the winter and spring months. The really scary part is that summer is just beginning.

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