Hottest Day Ever, Worse Drought Ever?

June 28th, 2012 at 5:46 pm by under Weather

That’s right folks, today we lived through weather history in Fort Wayne.  Thursday was the hottest day every in Fort Wayne weather history with a high of 106°.  Actually, it is a 4 way tie between:

  • 25 June 1988
  • 14 July 1936
  • 22 July 1934

Even though we will see slightly lower temperatures over the next week, that is all relative.  Look for highs in the mid 90s for the next 5 days with the return of triple digit heat for the long holiday weekend.  The outlook for the next 2 weeks is for above average temperatures and below average rain.

There is a very low chance of storms for us for Friday night and for Saturday, but this meager rain chance will not be enough to make any dent in the drought.   After another week without significant rain, the drought has jumped to another level again, from “Severe” to “Extreme.”  Because the “Drought Monitor” is a relatively new product from the Climate Predication Center, it is hard to gauge how bad this drought is compared to the last 100 years.  My guess is that this will be the worst drought in our weather history.

This makes sense as our annual rain deficit is almost as big as our total rain for the year so far:  Actual 2012 rain total is 10.6″ and our deficit to average is at 8.13″.

This is just the beginning folks!  Look for the drought to worsen over the next month and for several other chances of triple digit heat.

If you are going to try to beat the heat this weekend by heading to lake country, look for highs in the mid 90s and a west breeze.  I grew up on the lakes during the summer and it looks like good wake boarding wind for the afternoons with the smooth water ski ride near sunset as the daily breezes weaken.

 

4 Responses to “Hottest Day Ever, Worse Drought Ever?”

  1. Ryan Benton says:

    The deficit is crazy. I’m curious to know, what were are totals for rainfall month by month – and how does that compare to normal. I seem to recall having some flooding early on in the ear…maybe March? Was precipitation fairly normal in the first 3 months of 2012?

    1. Jonathan Conder says:

      Ryan,

      The year started fine, but if my memory serves me right, things went dry in late April and May was bone dry. It’s getting close to the 11PM show, but I will post some numbers in my blog post for Friday, stay tuned!
      Jonathan

  2. Susan says:

    actually the weather channel said it was 107 at the airport yesterday in fort wayne, so don’t understand why we only sayin it was 106

    1. Greg Shoup says:

      Since Jonathan is not here right now I’ll respond to this. The Weather Channel was incorrect the officail high at the airport in Fort Wayne was 106 which ties it with 3 other days as the hottest day ever recorded in Fort Wayne since weather records have been kept which is 1897. Here is the official climate summary sent out by the NWS:
      CLIMATE REPORT
      NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
      123 AM EDT FRI JUN 29 2012

      ……………………………..

      …THE FORT WAYNE CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR JUNE 28 2012…

      CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
      CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1897 TO 2012

      WEATHER ITEM OBSERVED TIME RECORD YEAR NORMAL DEPARTURE LAST
      VALUE (LST) VALUE VALUE FROM YEAR
      NORMAL
      …………………………………………………………
      TEMPERATURE (F)
      YESTERDAY
      MAXIMUM 106R 351 PM 102 1934 84 22 80
      MINIMUM 68 232 AM 46 1992 62 6 61
      AVERAGE 87 73 14 71