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The Heat Is ON!

The year of extremes continues with record highs falling left and right, and more than two months to go in the summer season.

Our weather this year has been anything but normal and that trend is continuing into the summer. As of July 7, we've already had more than two dozen days where the temperature has reached 90 degrees or higher. Out of those days, we had four afternoons where the mercury eclipsed the 100 degree mark. Now to some of the interesting, blistering, sizzling analysis.

Our first 90 degree temperature days came in the first week of April, when we reached the mid 90s on April 6. We tied or broke 2 record highs during that first week in April. The month of May brought very changeable conditions to our area with huge temperature swings from day to day and not too much excessive heat. The month of June sent us back to the broiler with nearly 20 days of 90 degree warmth -- 2 of those with highs at or above 100 degrees. Two more record highs came crashing down in the month of June, one of which dated back to 1914.

The mercury has already topped 100 degrees twice so far this month, including a high of 103 on July 6 (the highest temperature recorded at McCormick since 1999). The very next day brought more sweltering conditions with a high of 101, which barely fell short of the old record high for the date. Combining all of the 100 degree days of 2010, we've already spent four afternoons in the triple digits, which puts us in 9th place for the number of 100 degree days in one calendar year -- the most 100 degree days in one year in more than a decade. If you're wondering which year brought us the most 100 degree heat, it was 1930 when we had 16 days in the triple digits.

I welcome your comments on this story, including any ideas on how to beat this heat!

Stay cool, y'all...


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