Historic Heat

All the days of 90 degree temperatures have added up and history was made on Thursday at McCormick Observatory.

All summer long, you've heard me talking about how many days the mercury has hit 90 degrees or higher. After reaching 90 degrees at McCormick Observatory on Thursday afternoon, we have now tied a long-standing record. Thursday was day number 64 this year that we've been in the 90s. Here's how the number of 90 degree days breaks down by year, with 117 years of observations considered:

2010 --  64 days

1930 --  64 days

1925 --  64 days

2002 --  63 days

1941 --  61 days

As things stand now, we're in a three-way tie for first place for number of 90 degree days in one year. One more day in the 90s and we'll be at number one all by ourselves. By the way, the forecast for next week looks warm, with a few days in the upper 80s, so day number 65 may not be that far away...


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