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September 30, 2011

2011 summer heat in southern USA

Filed under: climate and weather — ckrao @ 1:04 pm

Much of the southern part of the USA experienced its warmest summer on record this year. Below are temperature graphs (max, min, averages) for two of the places that smashed records by a wide margin: Wichita Falls (Texas) and Shreveport (Louisiana). For the summer (June-August) Wichita Falls averaged 3.4F more than average! Its previous record for 100F days was 79 while this year it recorded 98.

For August Shreveport broke its previous record warmest month by 3 degrees F!

Finally, I include below the temperature graph for Phoenix, Arizona which had a record number of 110F days (43.3C) for a summer – 33. Its August was its equal hottest month on record (with July 2009). It is most likely the hottest big city in the western world in terms of summer temperatures.

The data for the above graphs is taken from

Further reading:

[1] Weather Extremes : Re-Cap of Summer of 2011 Heat Records in the U.S.A. : Weather Underground

[2] Dr. Jeff Masters’ WunderBlog : Texas fires will diminish today; Lee’s rains set all-time records : Weather Underground

[3] Dr. Jeff Masters’ WunderBlog : A heat wave recap; generally quiet tropics : Weather Underground

[4] Texas Heat and Drought [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED] – austpacwx | Google Groups

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