Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Record Warmth in Salt Lake City

I used to wonder if I would ever run out of material for this blog, but weather and climate are gifts that keep on giving.

Today we'll talk about temperature records of the hottest ever variety.  Let's begin with the past month (i.e., Sep 19 – Oct 19).  Hottest ever?  You betcha.  

Source: NOAA Regional Climate Centers 
How about for October?  Hottest ever?  You betcha, so far.  We still have 12 days until the end of the month, but this is the hottest October 1 – October 19 on record.

Source: NOAA Regional Climate Centers 
How about for the calendar year so far?  Hottest ever?  You betcha.

Source: NOAA Regional Climate Centers
And, while we're at it, when exactly was the last day we had a below average minimum temperature?  Turns out it was a month ago (September 20).
Source: NWS
Yup, the heat is on.  


  1. Well, that sucks.

  2. Killington in VT is the first to open this year! Since I live in TX I can choose between going east or west. Last year, looking at the meager options in the west, I still chose Utah since a bad day of snow in Utah is better than good day anywhere else. So, what do I do this year? Decisions. Decisions.

  3. Thank you for an interesting post. We're curious about your last point. However, the graph is difficult to interpret since it doesn't show the X axis or a key to the 3 color bands. Could you provide an update?

    1. Ooops...too quick with the screen grab. The x-axis is the day of the year (Jan 1 to Oct 19). Green is the average temperature range for the day. The red area covers from the average high to the record high, the blue from the average low to the record low.