The Remarkable Summer of 2010

By: Christopher C. Burt , 6:16 PM GMT on September 22, 2010

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The summer of 2010 will be remembered by millions of people around the world as the hottest in memory. In fact, it is probable that no warmer summer in the Northern Hemisphere has ever been experienced by so many people in world history; NOAA's National Climatic Data Center rated the summer of 2010 as the hottest in the Northern Hemisphere since record keeping began in 1880. From the densely populated I-95 corridor of the USA's mid-Atlantic region (New York City to Virginia), the entire region of western Russia (St. Petersburg to the Caspian region) and for almost all of Japan, there has never in modern records been such a warm meteorological (meaning June-August) summer.


Figure 1. Departure of surface temperature from average for the summer of 2010. Image credit: National Climatic Data Center (Data from China for August is not reflected in the map above since as of Sept. 15 final figures had not yet been received by the NCDC).

China and Japan
China recorded its warmest July and August since 1961, and June was the warmest on record for the northern third of the country. Beijing recorded temperatures of 106° on July 5 and 6, tying its all-time record for July. Some parts of the city reached 111° on those days. China also had its hottest temperature on record for an inhabited place, a reading of 48.7°C (119.7°F) at Tuyoq on June 20 (the record for an automated station is the 49.7°C that occurred on August 3, 2008 at Aydingkol.) Japan experienced its hottest summer since records began in 1898. August was Japan's single hottest month on record.

Russia
The almost unbelievable heat wave that affected western Russia was unprecedented for that region, and also was one of the deadliest heat waves in world history. The heat wave's death toll in Moscow alone was estimated by a city official to be approximately 11,000 in July and August. Russia's 2nd largest city, St. Petersburg, reached 98.8°F (37.1°C) on August 7--the hottest ever recorded there, and 7°F hotter than its prior all-time heat record. Moscow recorded its hottest temperature since records began in 1878 (downtown observatory), with 102.2°F (39.0°C) on July 29. This surpassed the previous record (set in 1921) by 4°F, although the 98° old record from 1921 was exceeded on 4 days during July and August. The month of July was an amazing 15° above average in Moscow. Imagine if Washington D.C. experienced such an anomaly--its average July temperature is 77.5°F, so the average temperature in Washington in July would have been 92.5°F, about 9°F warmer than the record 83.1°F seen in 2010. Accordingly, twenty days in Washington, D.C. would have exceeded 100°F, with the hottest day a scorching 110°, 4°F higher than the previous all-time record. Of course, the continental climate of Moscow can not be compared to the more maritime climate of Washington DC so this comparison is not entirely valid but is, nevertheless, indicative of just how extreme the heat event in Russia really was.


Figure 2. Smoke from fires in Russia on August 4 covers an area over 3,000 km (1860 miles) across. If the smoke were in the United States, it would extend approximately from San Francisco to Chicago. Visibility in Moscow dropped to 20 meters (0.01 miles) on August 4, and health officials warned that everyone, including healthy people, needed to take preventative measures such as staying indoors or wearing a mask outdoors. Image credit: NASA.

U.S. cities setting record warmest summer (June - August) temperatures
In the U.S.A., the following cities recorded their hottest meteorological summer on record (the most remarkable being the figure for Central Park in New York City where records go back to 1869 at the same location):

New York City (Central Park): 77.8° (old record 77.3° summer of 1966)
Washington D.C. National Airport: 81.3° (old record 80.0° summer of 1943)
Dulles Airport, VA: 77.8° (old record 76.8° summer of 2007)
Richmond, VA: 81.3° (old record 80.0° summer of 1994)
Atlantic City, NJ: 77.5° (old record 75.8° summer of 2005)
Philadelphia, PA: 79.6° (old record 78.9° summer of 1995)
Trenton, NJ: 77.7° (old record 76.5° summer of 1898)
Wilmington, DE: 77.8° (old record 77.7° summer of 1900)
Baltimore, MD: 79.2° (old record 79.1° summer of 1943)
Norfolk, VA: 81.1° (old record 80.0° summer of 1994)
Tampa, FL: 84.5° (previous record 84.2° in 1998)
Lakeland, FL: 84.6° (previous record 84.4° in 1987)
St. Petersburg, FL: 85.6° (old record 84.6° in 1987)
Asheville, NC: 75.4° (old record 75.1° in 1952)
Greenville, SC: 81.0° (old record 80.2° in 1952)

A cold summer for Coastal California

Santa Barbara, CA was the only major U.S. city that had its coldest summer on record: 61.9° (old record 62.2° in 1955. Several other California cities were unusually cool. San Diego had its 3rd coolest summer, and the Los Angeles airport (LAX) had its 2nd coolest summer. Ironically, Los Angeles (downtown site at USC) recorded the highest temperature ever recorded at any official site in the city on Sept. 27 with a 113° reading, edging out the old record of 112° set on June 26, 1990. Jeff has more about this in his blog today (Sept. 28).

U.S. cities setting all-time record highs
Hartford, CT tied its all-time heat record with 102° on July 6 (tied with July 3, 1966).
Norfolk, VA tied its all-time heat record with 105° on July 25 (tied with Aug. 7, 1918) and an unofficial temperature of 109° was reported from Williamsburg that same day, tying the record for the state of Virginia (a reading of 110°F from Balcony Falls on July 15, 1954 has since been disallowed by the Virginia State Climate Office).

U.S. cities setting hottest single month on record marks in July 2010
July was the single hottest month on record at Atlantic City, NJ: 79.8° (old record 78.7° in July 1983), and tied for the single hottest month on record at the following locations:
Washington D.C.: Warmest single month on record tied: 83.1° (tying July 1943)
Baltimore, MD: Warmest single month on record tied: 81.5° (tying July 1995)
Trenton, NJ: Warmest single month on record tied: 80.5° (tying July 1955 and July 1898)

...and August 2010:
Houston, TX: Warmest single month on record: 87.7° (old record 87.5° in July 1980 and earlier date)
Port Arthur, TX: Warmest single month on record: 85.8° (old record 85.6° in August 1962)

National heat records set in 2010
The year 2010 now has the most national extreme heat records for a single year--seventeen. The year 2008 is in second place, with fifteen. Here are the new records set during the period May - August:

Myanmar (Burma) had its hottest temperature in its recorded history on May 14 when the mercury hit 47.2°C (117°F) in Myinmu. This is the hottest reliably measured temperature in Southeast Asia records.

Pakistan had its hottest temperature on record on May 26 when the mercury hit an astonishing 53.5°C (128.3°F) at the town of Mohenjo-Daro, according to the Pakistani Meteorological Department. While this temperature reading must be reviewed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) for authenticity, not only is the 128.3°F reading the hottest temperature ever recorded in Pakistan, it is the hottest reliably measured temperature ever recorded on the continent of Asia (the reading of 129°F attributed to Tirat Tsvi, Israel in 1942 is an error.)

Kuwait recorded its hottest temperature on record on June 15 in Abdaly, according to the Kuwait Met office. The mercury hit 52.6°C (126.7°F).

Iraq had its hottest day in history on June 14 when the mercury hit 52.0°C (125.6°F) in Basra.

Saudi Arabia had its hottest temperature on record on June 22 with a reading of 52.0°C (125.6°F) in Jeddah, the second largest city in Saudi Arabia. The record heat was accompanied by a sandstorm, which caused eight power plants to go offline, resulting in blackouts to several Saudi cities.

Chad had its hottest day on record on June 22 when the temperature reached 47.6°C (117.7°F) at Faya.

Sudan recorded its hottest temperature on record on June 22 when the mercury rose to 49.7°C (121.5°F) at Dongola.

Niger set its record for hottest day on record on June 23 when the temperature reached 48.2°C (118.8°F) at Bilma.

Russia had its hottest temperature on record on July 11 when the mercury rose to 44.0°C (111.2°F) in Yashkul, Kalmykia Republic, in the European portion of Russia near the Kazakhstan border.The Asian portion of Russia also recorded its hottest temperature in history this year, a 42.7°C (108.9°F) reading at Ust Kara, in the Chita Republic on June 27.

Qatar had its hottest temperature on record on July 14 when the mercury hit 50.4°C (122.7°F) at Doha Airport.

Finland had its hottest temperature ever measured on July 29 when the mercury hit 37.2°C (99°F) at Joensuu Airport, Liperi.

Cyprus recorded its hottest temperature on record on August 1 when the mercury hit 46.6°C (115.9°F) at Lefconica.

Belarus recorded its hottest temperature on record on August 6 when the mercury hit 38.9°C (102.0°F) in Gomel.

Ukraine recorded its hottest temperature on record when the mercury hit 42.0°C (107.6°F) at Luhansk on August 12.

All-time national heat records were missed by 1°C or less in many other nations this summer, including China, the Azores, Morocco, Estonia, and Latvia.

Extensive credit for researching these records goes to weather records researcher Maximiliano Herrera, who maintains a comprehensive set of extreme temperature records on his web site.

National cold records set in 2010
No nations set record for their coldest temperature in history in 2010. Jeff Masters erroneously reported in his blog earlier this year that Guinea had done so. Guinea actually had its coldest temperature in history last year, on January 9, 2009, when the mercury hit 1.4°C (34.5°F) at Mali-ville in the Labe region.


Figure 3. New national extreme heat records set in 2010. Image credit: climatecentral.org.

Some causes for the excessive heat during the summer of 2010
All in all it may be estimated that about 300 million people, some 5% of the planet's human population, experienced their hottest summer ever. If we take in to account the fact that the months of June through August are normally the warmest season for only areas north of the Tropic of Cancer (22° N) in the Northern Hemisphere (and excluding South and Southeast Asia whose warmest months are April and May), then the figure is closer to 20% of the world population that can expect their warmest season to be June through August.

The cause for this in the Eastern Hemisphere can be blamed on a stubborn, stagnant upper-air pattern that began in Southeast Asia in May, slowly worked its way westward across South Asia and Southwest Asia in July, and finally into Eastern Europe by August. This same pattern also contributed to the catastrophic floods in Pakistan and China. In North America, a similar pattern developed in June with an amplified ridge developing over the eastern portion of the USA in June and remaining in place through August, while a persistent trough of low pressure in the Gulf of Alaska refused to budge all summer (and, ironically) resulted in one of the coolest summers on record for portions of California.

The other culprit for the record heat can perhaps be attributed to the general trend towards warmer weather globally as a result of human-caused climate change. This year is on track to be the warmest since record keeping began in 1880, according to both NOAA and NASA.

As climatologist Bob Henson of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (Boulder, CO) remarked following the record Western European heat wave in August 2003 that killed over 35,000:

If you push the baseline up {of temperatures} without changing the standard deviation, you're bound to raise the ceiling of record.

Christopher C. Burt

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33. hcubed
3:06 AM GMT on October 16, 2010
Quoting cyclonebuster:
Hi Chris have you ever heard of my "Underwater Suspension Tunnels" / "Weather Machines"?


EVERYONE on here has heard about your "tunnels", so much, in fact, that you're banned from quite a few blogs.

This will wind up being be the latest one to see the light...
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32. rogervball
3:48 PM GMT on October 15, 2010
You may want to re-visit the maximum temperature recorded in the Soloman Islands, given the location of the Airport's weather station ( left hand side of this picture, half-way up)........


http://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/henderson-field-weather-station-honiara-5.jpg

Just saying.....

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31. ncforecaster
8:01 PM GMT on October 05, 2010
Quoting Neapolitan:
Excellent work! Good to have you on board; I've already put yours on my very short "favorite bloggers" list.

Of course, there are many GW contrarians here who feel somehow threatened by any mention of the term, and thus feel the need to resort to such scientific words as "claptrap"...but I have the feeling that you'll be equally honest and open with record cold snaps and snowfalls if and when they happen, and for that I thank you in advance.

To echo a few others: welcome!


You can rest assured that there will be ample amount of new "record cold snaps and snowfalls"-just as there will be continuing records for heat and the like-It's called "weather" for a reason.

Only the blinded (close minded so to speak) would ascribe to the belief that the Earth will only get progressively warmer and there will never again be a "cooling" of Global temperatures. For the unbiased, one would have to acknowledge that climate itself has experienced numerous climate cycles of warmer and colder weather extremes in the past and will do so again. To suggest that AGW is the primary cause of such climate oscillations is very short sighted and unsupported by the climate record-when one views that record devoid of the presuppositions that might construe their genuine objectiveness of the actual data that exists.
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28. barbamz
4:55 PM GMT on September 29, 2010
Thank you from Germany! It will be nice to see you contributing regularly.
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27. klaatuborada
1:44 PM GMT on September 29, 2010
Welcome! It's great to have all this information here! Thank you!
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26. cyclonebuster
12:50 AM GMT on September 29, 2010
Hi Chris have you ever heard of my "Underwater Suspension Tunnels" / "Weather Machines"?
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25. Zachary Labe
12:19 AM GMT on September 29, 2010
Great blog! Awesome to have you on wunderground!
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24. Melagoo
12:11 AM GMT on September 29, 2010
Welcome aboard Christopher ... :c)
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23. pixpixpix
11:55 PM GMT on September 28, 2010
Chris - do you have any data on records set for the 50 US states?
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22. hillsidehaven
10:21 PM GMT on September 28, 2010
I really enjoyed your blog, as I always enjoy Dr.Masters, and look forward to reading more of both.
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21. Geoman
10:16 PM GMT on September 28, 2010
The inconsistencies in Los Angeles weather are evident, when it is 113°F yesterday in Downtown (110.8°F here in Monrovia) and today we did not even break 100°F and now have a chance of thunderstorms. Only in Southern California!
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19. Tazmanian
9:40 PM GMT on September 28, 2010
thanks
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18. pcola57
9:23 PM GMT on September 28, 2010
Welcome aboard Mr. Burt.Looking forward to reading your posts.Todays was outstanding.Your input and perspective will be appreciated here at WU.
v/r
Moe
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17. CosmicEvents
8:42 PM GMT on September 28, 2010
As someone who has an avid interest in both weather and history....your blog is obviously most welcome. You can be certain that I'll be reading all the future ones. Welcome.
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16. 1900hurricane
5:27 PM GMT on September 28, 2010
Southeast Texas also recorded some all-time hottest months this August, including Houston (despite having a below-average number of 100*F days)

000
NOUS44 KHGX 030428
PNSHGX
TXZ163-164-176>179-195>200-210>214-226-227-235>238-031830-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
1128 PM CDT THU SEP 2 2010

...WARMEST AUGUST ON RECORD FOR THE CITIES OF HOUSTON...COLLEGE
STATION AND GALVESTON...

...WARMEST ALL TIME AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE FOR THE CITY OF
HOUSTON...

ANYONE WHO HAS LIVED HERE A WHILE IS AWARE THAT SUMMERS CAN BE...
AND USUALLY ARE...HOT AND HUMID. AUGUST 2010 IS ONE FOR THE RECORD
BOOKS. ALL FOUR PRIMARY CLIMATE SITES ESTABLISHED THEIR WARMEST
AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST. BELOW IS A
LISTING OF THE FIVE WARMEST AUGUSTS FOR EACH OF THE PRIMARY
CLIMATE SITES:

HOUSTON COLLEGE GALVESTON HOUSTON
STATION HOBBY APRT

87.7 2010 89.1 2010 87.3 2010 86.9 2010
87.5 1962 88.5 1951 86.6 2005 86.4 1999
87.1 1951 87.7 1962 86.5 2009 86.2 2009
86.8 1999 87.6 2009 86.1 1999 85.9 1962
86.8 1902 87.4 1988 85.8 1995 85.8 1951

THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS ALSO EITHER THE WARMEST
AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED OR THE SECOND WARMEST
MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE RECORDED AT ALL FOUR PRIMARY CLIMATE
SITES. HOUSTON HAS NEVER ENDURED A MONTH - ANY MONTH - AS HOT AS
AUGUST 2010. BELOW IS A TABLE WITH THE FIVE WARMEST AVERAGE MONTHLY
TEMPERATURES:

HOUSTON COLLEGE GALVESTON HOUSTON
STATION HOBBY APRT

87.7 AUG 2010 89.1 AUG 2010 87.4 JUL 1875 86.9 AUG 2010
87.5 AUG 1962 89.1 JUL 2009 87.3 AUG 2010 86.7 JUL 2009
87.5 JUL 1980 88.6 JUL 1998 86.6 AUG 2005 86.6 JUL 1998
87.4 JUL 2009 88.5 AUG 1951 86.6 JUL 1996 86.4 AUG 1999
87.1 AUG 1951 87.9 JUL 1996 86.5 AUG 2009 86.2 AUG 2009

SO...WHY THE HEAT? A PERSISTENT UPPER LEVEL RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE
REMAINED OVER THE SOUTHERN PLAINS SINCE THE END OF JULY. THE RIDGE
WOULD SHIFT EVER SO SLIGHTLY BUT REMAINED CLOSE ENOUGH TO SUPPRESS
RAIN CHANCES AND KEEP CLOUDS AWAY. SURFACE DEW POINT TEMPERATURES
WERE ALSO HIGHER THAN NORMAL. OVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURES WILL NOT
FALL BELOW THE DEW POINT TEMPERATURE SO ELEVATED DEW POINTS WILL
PRODUCED UNUSUALLY WARM OVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURES. DURING AUGUST
2010...OVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURES STRUGGLED TO FALL BELOW 80
DEGREES MOST NIGHTS. WITH WARM STARTS TO THE DAY...MAXIMUM
TEMPERATURES HAD NO TROUBLE CLIMBING ABOVE THE 30 YEAR
CLIMATOLOGICAL NORMALS. THE HIGH DEW POINTS ALSO HELPED TO PRODUCE
VERY HIGH RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES. THESE VALUES COMBINED WITH
VERY WARM TEMPERATURES PRODUCED HIGH HEAT INDEX VALUES...
EXCEEDING 110 DEGREES DURING THE MIDDLE AND LATTER HALF OF THE
MONTH.

HERE IS A TABLE WITH THE FIVE WARMEST AVERAGE MAXIMUM
TEMPERATURES FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST:

HOUSTON COLLEGE GALVESTON HOUSTON
STATION HOBBY APRT

98.5 1999 102.1 1951 95.3 1999 96.8 1962
98.3 1902 101.4 1913 93.0 1995 96.4 1951
97.8 1993 101.3 2000 92.6 2010 96.1 1999
97.6 2010 100.8 1917 92.6 1997 95.5 2010
97.6 1909 100.7 2010 92.3 2009 95.5 2009


BELOW IS YET ANOTHER TABLE WITH THE FIVE WARMEST AVERAGE AUGUST
MINIMUM TEMPERATURES:

HOUSTON COLLEGE GALVESTON HOUSTON
STATION HOBBY APRT

78.4 1964 77.5 2010 82.0 2010 78.3 2010
78.2 1962 76.2 2007 81.9 1993 78.0 2007
77.9 2010 76.1 1902 81.5 1987 76.9 2009
77.6 1951 76.0 2009 81.3 1988 76.9 2005
77.5 1963 75.9 1995 81.2 2005 76.9 1977


THE HEAT WASN`T THE ONLY STORY OF THE MONTH. RAINFALL...OR THE
LACK THEREOF WAS ALSO A PLAYER. AUGUST WAS A VERY DRY MONTH AND
WAS ON TARGET TO BE ONE OF THE TOP FIVE DRIEST AUGUSTS ON RECORD.
HOWEVER...SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ON THE 30TH AND 31ST
BROUGHT SOME MUCH NEEDED RAIN TO SOUTHEAST TEXAS. GALVESTON STILL
RECORDED IT`S NINTH DRIEST AUGUST ON RECORD WITH THOSE RECORDS
DATING BACK TO 1875. DESPITE THE LACK OF RAIN...THE U.S. DROUGHT
MONITOR ONLY HAS THE NORTHEAST HALF OF THE AREA CATEGORIZED AS
ABNORMALLY DRY.

AND YET ANOTHER TABLE WITH DATA...

SITE AVG AVG AVG DEP RAIN DEP 100
HIGH LOW MONTH DAYS

IAH 97.6 77.9 87.7 4.4 1.02 -2.81 3
GLS 92.6 82.0 87.3 2.9 0.52 -3.70 0
CLL 100.7 77.5 89.1 4.4 0.34 -2.29 22
HOU 95.5 78.3 86.9 2.5 1.40 -3.14 0
PSX 94.8 80.1 87.4 4.4 1.39 -1.97 1
UTS 99.3 75.9 87.6 4.4 0.18 -3.54 13
CXO 96.9 73.8 85.4 2.1 1.79 -1.91 3
DWH 96.6 74.9 85.8 2.9 0.70 -3.12 4
SGR 95.1 75.7 85.4 2.3 3.58 -1.80 0
LVJ 95.4 77.8 86.6 3.3 1.24 -3.78 0
LBX 93.9 75.7 84.8 2.4 2.60 -2.16 0
HGX 94.6 76.8 85.7 3.7 4.33 -0.24 1

MORE DATA...HERE ARE THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FROM A FEW OF OUR
CO-OP NETWORK OBSERVERS:

COMMUNITY AVG AVG AVG RAIN WARMEST
HIGH LOW MONTH AUGUST (Y/N)

ANAHUAC 93.6 75.1 84.3 2.09 N (11TH)
ALVIN 93.6 74.6 84.1 0.34 N (2ND)
BAYTOWN 94.9 79.0 87.0 1.81 N (2ND)
BELLVILLE 98.1 74.5 86.3 1.31 Y (1ST)
BRENHAM 98.3 75.6 87.0 0.59 N (11TH)
CLEVELAND 95.2 72.8 84.0 2.01 N (4TH)
COLUMBUS 99.2 75.2 87.2 0.23 Y (1ST)
CROCKETT 100.0 74.8 87.4 3.33 N (2ND)
DANEVANG 93.9 73.6 83.7 3.61 N (17TH)
FREEPORT 93.5 79.0 86.2 2.11 N (4TH)
HOU PORT 97.4 79.5 88.5 1.40 Y (1ST)
LIVINGSTON 98.0 76.6 87.3 0.44 N (2ND)
SOMERVILLE 101.9 69.8 85.9 0.44 N (10TH)
WASH ST PARK 99.9 71.9 85.9 0.73 N (9TH)


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15. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
4:50 PM GMT on September 28, 2010
well i must say good info lookin forward to other entrys welcome to the blogsphere

regards
KOTG.
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13. atmoaggie
4:47 PM GMT on September 28, 2010
It sure was hot in SE LA this summer. Oddly, it was humid, too.
(/sarc_off)

I, too, hope for a good balance of observations.

I have a little question. Is there a site where one can plot station locations where the record highs around LA were set yesterday? And also plot the other long-standing official stations that didn't set any records?
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12. NeilWilson
4:06 PM GMT on September 28, 2010
What is Houston?? Too small for you???

Didn't Houston have the hottest month in history in August???
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11. CAAM
4:01 PM GMT on September 28, 2010
Thanks, and welcome. I have appreciated your contribution to Dr. Master's Blog. Looking forward to more of the same here.
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10. Boca
3:49 PM GMT on September 28, 2010
Thanks for the blog and welcome. I enjoyed it.

"In fact, it is probable that no warmer summer in the Northern Hemisphere has ever been experienced by so many people in world history;"

Now that's something!
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9. mobilebayrat
3:36 PM GMT on September 28, 2010
Thanks! I enjoyed your blog and all the information provided! I know it has been miserably hot in Alabama this year!
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8. Midweststorm
3:32 PM GMT on September 28, 2010
Great to have you aboard! I enjoy the many facets of weather, and have a tough time finding accurate Temperature information.

Keep up with the great work!
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7. Neapolitan
3:17 PM GMT on September 28, 2010
Excellent work! Good to have you on board; I've already put yours on my very short "favorite bloggers" list.

Of course, there are many GW contrarians here who feel somehow threatened by any mention of the term, and thus feel the need to resort to such scientific words as "claptrap"...but I have the feeling that you'll be equally honest and open with record cold snaps and snowfalls if and when they happen, and for that I thank you in advance.

To echo a few others: welcome!
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5. SherwoodSpirit
2:51 PM GMT on September 28, 2010
Thanks Mr. Burt. I've been reading references to your work in Dr. Master's blog this year. It's nice to hear it straight from the horse's mouth so to speak. :)

The heat has finally broken in Missouri and I'm so glad to see an end to it here, even though we weren't one of the areas that experienced such extremes, it did seem to be hotter than usual and lasted longer than usual. Lets hope we're not in for a repeat next summer.
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4. Chicklit
2:04 PM GMT on September 28, 2010
Hi Chris,
Thanks for all of the work you put into putting together this information for us. The "little people" out here on the planet appreciate your efforts.
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3. Patrap
1:59 PM GMT on September 28, 2010
Welcome aboard Mr. Burt.
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2. EmmyRose
6:45 PM GMT on September 24, 2010
I thought last summer was brutal
here in Houston/Galveston
but this summer really fried us...

This is a wonderful blog
thanks
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