One of the Hottest Years Ever?

July 31, 2008 at 7:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Our temperature at DFW Airport hit 103 degrees Thursday afternoon. So now, we have hit 100 or higher on 13 of the past 14 days. And for the summer, we have now seen 100 degrees 21 times. To put that in perspective, in a typical north Texas summer, we will reach 100 only 16 times. So we have already passed that threshhold, and we still have all of August to go.

For the entire month of July, our average high temperature was 99.8 degrees, making it the 7th hottest July on record. And if you look at the mean temperature, averaging the low and high temperature for each day of the month, you get an average mean monthly temperature of 89.0 degrees. That is the 4th warmest on record.

Furthermore, if you look at the temperatures for every day of this year, from January 1 through July 31, this is now the second warmest year ever, behind only 2006.

One more note: the minimum temperatures that occur each morning have also been well above normal this year. In fact, we have had minimum temperatures of 80 degrees or warmer on 20 days so far this year. Here is a list of the years with the greatest number of days with minima of 80 or higher. \

1. 1998 39 days

2. 2006 23 days

3. 1980 22 days

4. 1925 22 days

5. 2008 20 days

6. 2000 20 days

7. 1999 16 days

Notice that 5 of the top 7 years have occurred in the past decade. Global warming, anyone? Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock


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