August Climate Summary for OKC


PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
523 PM CDT MON SEP 4 2006

OKZ025-TXZ086-051200-
523 PM CDT MON SEP 4 2006

...AUGUST 2006 MONTHLY SUMMARY...

FOR OKLAHOMA CITY:

AUGUST BEGAN THE SAME WAY THAT JULY ENDED... WITH CONTINUED
RELENTLESS HEAT AND LITTLE RAINFALL. THE TEMPERATURE TRENDS WERE
BEGINNING TO RIVAL THE ALL-TIME HOT YEARS OF 1936 AND 1980. RELIEF
IN THE FORM OF BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND RAINFALL ENTERED THE
REGION OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS OF THE MONTH... KEEPING ALL-TIME
TEMPERATURE RECORDS IN PLACE. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH
WAS 85.9 DEGREES... WHICH WAS 4.7 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE AVERAGE
TIED FOR THE FIFTH WARMEST ON RECORD. BELOW IS A TABLE OF THE TOP
TEN WARMEST AUGUSTS ON RECORD:

RANK YEAR AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
1 1936 88.7
2 1980 88.0
3 1943 87.2
4 1934 86.2
5 1954(T) 85.9
2006
7 1937 85.8
8 1918(T) 85.6
1947
10 1938(T) 85.4
2000

TWENTY OUT OF THE FIRST 26 DAYS HAD HIGH TEMPERATURES OVER 100
DEGREES. THERE WERE FEW DAYS DURING THIS PERIOD THAT PROVIDED
RELIEF... ALTHOUGH THE TEMPERATURES DID FALL TO A BELOW NORMAL VALUE
OF 87 DEGREES ON THE 22ND. THE TOTAL 100 DEGREE DAYS FOR THE YEAR IS
NOW 38. THIS RANKS AS THE FIFTH MOST ON RECORD AND THE MOST SINCE
1980. A WEATHER PATTERN CHANGE OCCURRED ON THE 26TH AND 27TH AS A
COLD FRONT MOVED THROUGH THE REGION. THE TEMPERATURE ON THE 27TH
ONLY ROSE TO 78 DEGREES. THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT OKLAHOMA HAD A
HIGH TEMPERATURE THIS COOL SINCE MAY 15TH WHEN THE TEMPERATURE WAS
75 DEGREES. FOLLOWING THIS... THE NEXT FOUR DAYS OF THE MONTH HAD
HIGH TEMPERATURES THAT WERE AT OR BELOW NORMAL.

THE 25TH DAY OF THE MONTH HAD A UNIQUE DISTINCTION... WITH A RECORD
WARM LOW TEMPERATURE AND A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE. THE LOW
TEMPERATURE OF 80 DEGREES BROKE A RECORD FOR THE WARMEST LOW
TEMPERATURE... AND THE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 105 DEGREES THAT
AFTERNOON WAS A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE.

PRECIPITATION WAS ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE SECOND MONTH IN A ROW. THE
TOTAL PRECIPITATION WAS 4.01 INCHES... WHICH WAS 1.53 INCHES ABOVE
NORMAL. MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION OCCURRED ON EIGHT DAYS... WITH THE
BULK OF THE RAIN FALLING ON THE NIGHT OF THE 26TH. A DAILY RECORD
RAINFALL OF 1.99 INCHES FELL LATE ON THE 26TH... WITH ANOTHER 0.25
INCHES ON THE 27TH. THE TOTAL FOR THE MONTH WAS ALSO THE HIGHEST
TOTAL FOR THE YEAR SO FAR. THE TOTAL FOR THE YEAR IS 19.07 INCHES...
OR 5.16 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

THE CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMER / JUNE THROUGH AUGUST / ALSO CAME TO END
WITH A WARM AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AND AVERAGE RAINFALL. THE SUMMER
TEMPERATURE AVERAGE WAS 84.0 DEGREES... WHICH RANKS AS THE SIXTH
WARMEST ON RECORD. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE WAS 107 DEGREES...
REACHED TWICE IN JULY AND ONCE IN AUGUST. THE COOLEST TEMPERATURE
WAS 60 DEGREES... REACHED TWICE IN JUNE AND ONCE IN AUGUST. THE
TOTAL PRECIPITATION WAS 9.75 INCHES WHICH IS SLIGHTLY BELOW
NORMAL... BUT DID NOT GET THE TOP TEN LIST FOR THE DRIEST SUMMER.
BELOW IS A TABLE OF THE TOP TEN WARMEST SUMMER SEASONS:

RANK SEASON AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
1 1934(T) 85.9
1980
3 1936 85.4
4 1998 84.7
5 1943 84.2
6 2006 84.0
7 1954 83.7
8 1918 83.2
9 1937 83.0
10 1952 82.5

FOR WICHITA FALLS:

THE EXTREME HEAT CONTINUED INTO MUCH OF AUGUST... WITH SEVERAL DAYS
BREAKING OR TYING RECORD NUMBERS. DEGREES WAS REACHED ON
25 OF THE 31 DAYS... WITH TWELVE OF THOSE DAYS ABOVE 105 DEGREES.
ELEVEN DIFFERENT TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE TIED OR BROKEN. THE
HOTTEST TEMPERATURE OF 109 DEGREES OCCURRED ON THE 24TH WHICH WAS
ONE OF THE RECORDS SET THIS MONTH. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE
MONTH WAS 89.2 DEGREES...TYING THE MARK FOR FOURTH WARMEST ON
RECORD. BELOW IS A TABLE OF THE TOP-TEN WARMEST JULY MONTHS:

RANK YEAR AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
1 1952 91.1
2 1943 90.7
3 2000 90.3
4 2006 89.2
5 1929(T) 88.8
1980
7 1934 88.7
8 1924(T) 88.6
1954
10 1999 88.5

THE LACK OF PRECIPITATION CONTINUED THROUGH THE MONTH... WITH ONLY
1.24 INCHES RECORDED. THIS TOTAL IS ONLY ABOUT HALF OF THE NORMAL
RAINFALL THAT NORMALLY OCCURS IN AUGUST. THIS MONTH ALSO HAS THE
DISTINCTION OF BEING THE FIFTH MONTH IN A ROW... AND SEVENTH OUT OF
THE EIGHT MONTHS THAT HAVE HAD BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION.
MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION OCCURRED ON ONLY FIVE DAYS... WITH THE
HIGHEST TOTAL BEING 0.79 INCHES THAT FELL ON THE 28TH. THE STREAK OF
NOT HAVING A MIDNIGHT TO MIDNIGHT TOTAL OF OVER ONE INCH
CONTINUES... THE LAST TIME BEING MARCH 18TH. THE TOTAL FOR THE YEAR
IS NOW 9.49 INCHES... WHICH IS 9.68 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

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