Archive for Monday, July 30, 2012

Sunday’s 108 temperature is likely a record

July 30, 2012


Lawrence’s high temperature of 108 on Sunday was one for the record books.

At least the record books kept since 1996, when a National Weather Service reporting system was implemented at Lawrence Municipal Airport. According to that information, the previous high temperature was 104 degrees recorded in 1999.

Before 1996, though, the U.S. Department of Agriculture tracked weather from the Kansas University campus, according to Mary Knapp, Kansas state climatologist.

KU still records weather information. And at the end of each month, the university sends the information to the National Weather Service.

According to the information gathered at KU, the hottest July 29 before this year was 107 degrees in 1934, Knapp said.

So if the temperature recorded Sunday at KU was 108 or higher, it was a record-setting high in both sets of books, Knapp said.

Attempts on Monday to determine what was recorded at KU were unsuccessful.

Ten Kansas cities broke daily high temperature records Sunday, including Topeka with a high of 107 degrees, and six cities tied record temperatures based on data from the weather service.

National Weather Service meteorologist Kris Sanders said this year has been one of the warmest years Kansas has had, and chances are high for above-normal temperatures during the next three months.

Temperatures are expected to be in the 100-101 range through Friday with a 20 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms every day, Sanders said.


riverdrifter 5 years, 10 months ago

108 is what I had at my weather station in BC.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 10 months ago

I'm wondering how this year compares with 1980. In my mind, that was the hottest summer in my lifetime. But this year is getting close. Real close.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 10 months ago

Thanks. As your link said, 13 days of triple digits in July this year. The last time July had that many was 1980, when we had 15 days at or above 100.

What the perspiration on my brow suspected, your link confirmed.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 10 months ago

I recall a former housemate of mine, a Fulbright exchange student from Hamburg (in normally cool N. Germany,) arriving in Lawrence at the very first of the 1980 heat wave. We had only one room with AC, which struggled to get the temperature below 85°.

Despite the extreme heat, she stuck it out, and ended up living in Lawrence for several years.

kernal 5 years, 10 months ago

Why did the NWS choose the airport for its station, which is in far North Lawrence, where it is typically cooler than south of the river where the majority of Lawrence lies? It may have been 108 at the NSW station but other recordings show it was hotter on the south side of the river.

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