Heat Wave Update As Relief Finally Approaches

August 25, 2006 at 10:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

If 2005 is remembered for devastating tropical storms and hurricanes, 2006 will no doubt be remembered for the heat across the United States and especially here in North Texas. As records continue to fall, the actual numbers are astonishing.

As of August 25th, DFW Airport has reached the triple digits 41 times. The first 100 degree day was April 17th, the day after the hottest Easter on record. This puts North Texas in 7th place on the all-time list. 3 more 100 degree days and we move into 6th place. In 2000, we reached 100 degrees or more 46 times; In 1998 56 times; In 1980 69 times.

The current streak is 18 consecutive days and will top out at 19, if not 20 before temporary relief moves in with a cold front. 18 days rivals streaks from 1999, 1998, 1978 and 1980. 1980 is still the bench-mark with 42 consecutive triple digit days.

The more stunning statistics relate to the actual temperatures versus the number of 100 degree days. From January 1st through today, the average temperature is an amazing 72.2 degrees, making this the hottest year so far thru August 25th. For the last 365 days, the average high is 81.5 degrees, the average low 58.8 degrees and the average 70.2 degrees. This holds the record for heat in North Texas by far.

A cold front will cross Oklahoma City on Saturday and move through North Texas during the day on Sunday. Desperately needed scattered storms could persist through Tuesday night and temperatures could drop into the lower to mid 90s early next week. It won’t be “cold” and it won’t last for long, but it will be the first significant break from the heat this summer.

Up next, Tropical Storm Ernesto. Labor Day weekend could be a stormy one for the Gulf Coast. Next week we will track Ernesto to see if the storm could affect North Texas.

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