Hottest Day Ever, Worse Drought Ever?June 28th, 2012 at 5:46 pm by Jonathan Conder 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.