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Number of Days 100(F) or above in the High Plains Region

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Source/Author: Joseph Brum - High Plains Regional Climate Center 09/04/12

As we all know this summer has seen some record heat. To put the heat into perspective we have compiled a list of the number of days the high temperature was 100(F) or greater for this year. From our list of 25 stations all but one, Williston, ND, was above the average number of days of 100(F) or greater. Four of the 25 stations broke or tied the record for the number of days 100(F) or greater, including Denver, CO which had 13 days 100(F) or greater. Dodge City, KS had 24 days more than normal with temperatures of 100(F) or greater, totaling 35 for the year. Yearly totals in Salina, KS and Goodland, KS followed suit with 37 and 27 days respectively. In Nebraska, North Platte had a total of 23 days of temperatures of 100(F) or greater, about 19 days more this year than normal. As you can see from the chart below, many records from the dust bowl years of 1934 and 1936 are still intact, showing just how hot those years actually were.

Check out the chart below to see how days your area had with temperatures 100(F) or greater. (Averages based on period of record)

 

Location

# of Days 100(F)+ for 2012

Average # of Days 100(F)+

Record or Previous Record (Days) / Year

 Period of Record

Colorado Springs, CO

3*

0.1

1 / 2003

1894-2012

Denver, CO

13

0.6

7 / 2005

1872-2012

Grand Junction, CO

12

4.0

22 / 2002

1893-2012

Pueblo, CO

28**

5.1

24 / 2002

1888-2012

Concordia, KS

18

9.0

46 / 1936

1885-2012

Dodge City, KS

35

10.8

54 / 2011

1874-2012

Goodland, KS

27

7.0

40 / 1936

1895-2012

Salina, KS

37

14.6

45 / 1954

1948-2012

Topeka, KS

25

7.1

59 / 1936

1887-2012

Wichita, KS

36

11.2

53 / 2011

1888-2012

Grand Island, NE

12

7.4

47 / 1934

1895-2012

Lincoln, NE

16

6.1

41 / 1936

1887-2012

Norfolk, NE

13

3.9

36 / 1936

1893-2012

North Platte, NE

23

3.6

29 / 1936

1874-2012

Omaha, NE

11

2.9

30 / 1936

1871-2012

Scottsbluff, NE

29

4.6

24 / 1936

1893-2012

Valentine, NE

27

5.4

28 / 1936

1889-2012

Bismarck, ND

4

1.9

14 / 1936

1874-2012

Fargo, ND

1

0.7

10 / 1936

1881-2012

Williston, ND

1

1.8

15 / 1988

1894-2012

Huron, SD

8

3.3

29 / 1936

1881-2012

Rapid City, SD

13

4.3

16 / 1988

1942-2012

Sioux Falls, SD

9

1.9

21 / 1936

1893-2012

Casper, WY

3

0.7

8 / 2006

1939-2012

Sheridan, WY

7

2.1

15 / 1983

1907-2012

* Tied 1954     ** Tied 2003     New/Tied Records in BOLD

 

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