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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published September 13 2012

Weather Talk: Monday’s 91-degree high raises ranking for year

The 91-degree high on Monday pushed our yearly total of 90-degree days to 24. That one extra day moved the ranking for the year from tied for the 12th highest such total, to tied for the ninth highest since 1881. The other two years tied for ninth place are 1931 and 1939.

This year was the first time since 1988 – the record-breaking year with 39 days at or above 90 degrees – to end up in the top 10 for most

90-degree days.

Also of note this past week was the 36-degree low Sunday. That was the earliest 36-degree low since the cold summer of 2004 and several days before the average date of Sept. 14.

Since 1900, there has been no trend in the average first 36-degree temperature, although, the average first 32-degree low is now a week later than it used to be.

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