Friday, September 1, 2017

Hottest Summer Ever in Salt Lake Is OVER (or Not?)

As far as the traditional meteorological definition is concerned (June–August), the hottest summer in the history of Salt Lake City is now in the books.

The average temperature was 80.9ºF, beating 2013 by 0.1ºF.  Your pain and suffering has paid off!
Source: NOAA Regional Climate Centers
If you think that this place is becoming a hot house, you're right.  In Salt Lake City, the three hottest summers on record have all occurred in the past 5 years.  There wasn't a summer on record until 1988 with an average temperature above 77.5ºF.  Starting in 1988, we've had 9 summers eclipse that mark and three summers eclipse 80ºF.

And, while meteorological summer as defined based on the calendar has ended, we're looking at a continuing stretch dominated by high-amplitude ridging and well-above average temperatures.  At least the nights are longer now, enabling temperatures to drop a bit more overnight, and highs will only be in the low to mid 90s.  

And, if you must ask, yes, this is the hottest "year" on record for the year to date (January–August), although the race was quite tight with three recent years and 1934.  

Source: NOAA Regional Climate Centers
Will the entire calendar year go down as the hottest on record?  Only time will tell.

1 comment:

  1. What web page to you start from to produce these graphs? I would be interested in seeing what types of data you can plot in this way.