Thursday, August 5, 2010
It's been one of the hottest weeks Wichita has seen in 20 years, but how does it compare to one of the city's hottest summers ever? Good question.
This week saw Wichitans sizzling though temperatures that reached 108 and 109! But how does this summer stack up to one of the all-time hottest summers in Wichita history?
Just how hot was the infamous Summer of 1980?
This week we saw back-to-back days of 108 and 109 in Wichita. That's hot! So far, we have had ten 100 degree days in Wichita. We average 10 a summer, so we are already on pace to be above average when it comes to triple digit temperatures.
But start talking heat in these parts, and most people will start talking about the Summer of 1980. People were flat out miserable, and many even found themselves in the hospital. The weather team in the KAKELand Weatherplex ran some numbers for me, and only then did I realize just how hot 1980 really was.
For example, we have had ten 100 degree-plus days so far this summer, but we have a long way to go to catch 1980. That summer, there were forty-six 100 degree-plus days. This summer, we had 6 consecutive 100 plus days. But, in 1980, it was at least 100 degrees for 18 consecutive days.
Twenty high temperature records were set in the Summer of 1980. Many of those records still stand 30 years later. It was also very dry. Only 1.8 inches of rain fell during June and July. But, the summer of 1980 is only the second hottest in Wichita.
The Summer of 1936 is still the king with 50 days of 100 plus degree days.