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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published July 17 2012

Weather Talk: 14 days of 90-degree highs, but still far off from record

Our long-term average number of days with a high temperature at or above 90 degrees in a year is 13. The past 20 years have recorded so many cool and damp summers as to actually cause that average to fall slightly in the past decade.

Last year, only 10 days reached 90 degrees locally, with 11 being recorded in 2010; there were four in 2009 and six in 2008. So far this year, we have recorded 14 days with highs in the 90s, and we still have two months left with 90-degree potential.

Yet we are nowhere near what has been recorded in some years. At this point back in 1988, there had already been 24 days in the 90s (and some in the 100s) in the record-breaking summer that ended up with 39 such days. In 1910, there were 21 such days at this point, and in 1936 there were 20.

We would need to reach 90 degrees another 10 times just to reach the top 10 in this category, which is something we have not done since that record-breaking summer in 1988.

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