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MAY HEAT/2006 VS. 1934

By: DenverMark, 1:58 PM GMT on May 29, 2006

Sunday saw some very hot temperatures in the Upper Midwest for so early in the season, with highs in the upper 90s over parts of Minnesota. Some of the hottest locations included:

Minneapolis/St. Paul 97
Rochester,MN 95
Eau Claire, WI 95
St. Cloud,MN 98
Fargo, ND 97
Sioux City, IA 98

While these readings were very hot, they pale against what could be considered the most amazing early-season heat wave in U.S. weather history, in late May 1934.



THE MAY 1934 HEAT WAVE IN THE GREAT PLAINS AND MIDWEST

May, 1934 was a month that was infamous for heat and dust storms in the central U.S. Very little rain had fallen that spring anywhere in the Great Plains and Midwest states, and by the first week of May a few locations on the Plains already reached 100 degrees. Then a terrible dust storm developed in the Dakotas on May 9 and began to spread east. By May 10, thick dust reached Chicago, and by May 12, thick dust spread to the East Coast and was even observed on ships at sea in the Atlantic.

With little or no rain and baked soils, the stage was set for extreme heat in the last week of the month. The peak of the heat wave came on May 30 and 31. On May 30, at least five locations in the Upper Midwest exceeded 110 degrees! These included:

Redfield, SD 113
Sisseton, SD 113
Inwood, IA 111
Langdon, ND 111 (near the Canadian border!)
Aberdeen, SD 110

In Canada, Morden, Manitoba reached 108 degrees and it reached 100 in Winnipeg.

Some other highs reached during this heat wave (all record highs for May):

5/30/1934

Kansas City, MO 103
Topeka, KS 103
Lincoln, NE 104
Omaha, NE 103
Des Moines, IA 105
Sioux City, IA 105
Sioux Falls, SD 104
Huron, SD 106
Fargo, ND 104
Grand Forks, ND 105
Bismarck, ND 102
Minot, ND 105

5/31/1934

Minneapolis, MN 106
St. Cloud, MN 105
Rochester, MN 106
Eau Claire, WI 107
La Crosse, WI 107
Madison, WI 101
Dubuque, IA 104
Waterloo, IA 108
Davenport, IA 104
Peoria, IL 104
Springfield, IL 101
Columbia, MO 101

The heat continued eastward the first couple days of June and more records fell:

6/1/1934

Milwaukee, WI 104
Green Bay, WI 101
Chicago, IL (Midway Airport) 107
South Bend, IN 106
Fort Wayne, IN 101

6/2/1934
Syracuse, NY 100








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Hot Saturday Then Cooler

By: DenverMark, 12:39 PM GMT on May 26, 2006

It looks like our Memorial Day weekend will start off hot with temperatures in the low 90s, then cool off to upper 70s by Monday. The rain chances are slim, so it should be a good one for outdoor activities.


Forecast for Denver:

Friday
Partly Cloudy
High 91/Low 56
20% chance PM t-storms
(5/26 record high is 95 in 1942 - May monthly record)

Saturday
Clear
High 91/Low 55
(5/27 record high is 92 in 1895)

Sunday
Partly Cloudy
High 83/Low 52

Monday
Partly Cloudy
High 79/Low 50


We are stiil way behind on precipitation in Denver. Our monthly total is only 0.43" at the airport. For the year, the total at DEN is 2.09", only 34% of the normal of 6.21" for the year-to-date. At our house in Thornton, a brief t-storm gave us 0.09" last night, raising our total for the year to 2.50".

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Garden Planted/91 Record High

By: DenverMark, 12:52 AM GMT on May 22, 2006

The original forecast for this weekend was the one which verified. It was a mostly sunny and very hot Sunday afternoon, with a record high of 91 degrees at the airport (old record 90 in 1925). At our house the high was 90. We didn't mind, though, as we had fun planting our vegetable garden. We planted three varieties of tomatoes ("Big Beef" and two kinds of grape tomato) and green beans and zucchini.
With continued warm to hot weather forecast, the garden will be off to a quick start this year!

Sunday's temperatures at Denver International Airport:
Record High 91/Low 54

In downtown Denver (21st and Broadway):
High 90/ Low 61



This week's forecast:

Monday
High 88/Low 55
Partly cloudy
30% chance of t-storms in the evening

Tuesday
High 78/Low 50
Clear

Wednesday
High 82/Low 52
Clear

Thursday
High 88/Low 55
Clear

Friday
High 88/Low 55
Clear

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Slightly Cooler/Chance of T-Storms

By: DenverMark, 1:15 PM GMT on May 20, 2006

A welcome update to the forecast for Denver and northeast Colorado! While today will still be hot with the high in the upper 80s to low 90s, tomorrow and Monday will be in the low 80s. It will be partly cloudy with a 20% chance of thunderstorms in the afternoons and evenings. A little more moisture is moving into Colorado, so daytime heating and weak disturbances passing over may spark some storms. Probably not big rainers, but maybe more than a sprinkle in some areas at least.

Forecast for Denver:

Saturday
High 88/Low 55
Partly cloudy with 20% chance of t-storms

Sunday
High 82/Low 55
Partly cloudy with 20% chance of t-storms

Monday
High 82/Low 55
Partly cloudy with 20% chance of t-storms

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Record Heat Likely

By: DenverMark, 12:55 AM GMT on May 19, 2006

We are in for a very hot weekend along the Colorado Front Range, with highs forecast to be in the upper 80s to low 90s through Monday. Rain chances are almost nil, as any thunderstorms that develop will be of the dry variety. So far, winds are not expected to pick up, so fire weather is not a concern, but that could change later in the weekend.

Forecast Friday through Monday:

Friday
High 90/Low 55
Sunny to partly cloudy
20% chance of (dry) t-storms in PM

Saturday
High 90/Low 55
Partly cloudy
10% chance of t-storms in PM

Sunday
High 88/Low 55
Clear

Monday
High 90/Low 53 (may be even hotter)
Clear



DEN record high temps for Friday through Monday

Friday 5/19
89 in 1974

Saturday 5/20
91 in 1954 and 2005

Sunday 5/21
90 in 1925

Monday 5/22
90 in 1939

We'll see how many records are broken...

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Drought Continues

By: DenverMark, 5:19 AM GMT on May 15, 2006

The chances for rain in Denver continue to be slim to none. We'll just have to grin and bear it, and keep watering. More work on the sprinkler systems for me this week!

This week's forecast:

Monday
High 68/Low 45/Clear

Tuesday
High 74/Low 44/Clear

Wednesday
High 76/Low 46/Partly Cloudy

Thursday
High 80/Low 45/Partly Cloudy

Friday
High 83/Low 44/Partly Cloudy

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Warmer For The Weekend

By: DenverMark, 3:04 AM GMT on May 12, 2006

We had yet another freeze in parts of the Denver area Thursday morning, with a low of 29 at the airport and 31 at our house in Thornton. Downtown Denver stayed above freezing with a low of 37 at 21st and Broadway. Hopefully this will be the last freeze around here. It's time to plant our garden! We love tomatoes, green beans, zucchini and hot peppers.

This weekend should be much warmer. There is a slight chance of t-storms, but probably not much rain.

3-day forecast:

Friday
Partly cloudy
High 77/Low 43

Saturday
Partly cloudy with 20% chance of t-storms
High 77/Low 43

Sunday
Partly cloudy with 20% chance of t-storms
High 67/Low 42

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Slight Chance of Rain This Week

By: DenverMark, 4:28 AM GMT on May 08, 2006

It continues to be dry here along the Colorado Front Range. We do have a slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms earlier in the week, then very little chance of rain later on. At least the temperatures are staying cool for now. I will be busy working on the sprinkler systems in our city parks this week, to get everything green. The mountain snowpack is OK, so we do not have watering restrictions at this point in time.

This week's forecast for Denver:

Monday
Partly cloudy, 20% chance of t-storms. High 71/Low 42.

Tuesday
Partly cloudy, 30% chance of t-storms. High 61/Low 36.

Wednesday
Partly cloudy. High 61/Low 36.

Thursday
Partly cloudy. High 63/Low 40.

Friday
Partly cloudy. High 68/Low 42.

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Computer Fixed But Still No Rain

By: DenverMark, 12:18 PM GMT on May 05, 2006

Hi everyone!

After computer crashes and general poor performance, including not being able to get on the blogs yesterday, I spent last night doing what I should have done long ago. After running a virus scan earlier and not finding any infected files, I went about deleting all the junk ("internet buildup") that had accumulated over the last six years(!) Temporary files, cookies, hundreds of emails in a dormant account, etc.

I'm not a techie yet, but I've learned a lot lately. For anyone with an older computer and dial-up especially, if you are having problems, go to "My Computer" and then "Control Panel" and try deleting all the junk out. Be sure you then empty the trash ("Recycle Bin") too. Thank you to everyone who has offered me encouragement and advice on my computer!

On to the weather. After a forecast of 60% chance of rain in Denver yesterday, we didn't get one drop at our place. The forecast for today is again for rain, with the high only near 50, but so far nothing. All we can do is wait and see.

Have a great weekend everyone :-)

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Computer Problems/Rain Thursday

By: DenverMark, 12:17 AM GMT on May 03, 2006

Hi everyone!
My computer crashed this morning and I am still having some problems. So if something happens and you don't see me for a few days, I'm not mad at anyone, my old clunker compuer is just nearing the end of its useful life span! Guess I need to shop for a new one.

On a brighter note, it looks like the Denver area has a good chance of rain on Thursday and Friday. Maybe this one will be the spring soaker we've been waiting for.

Mark

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