Warmth Records Set as Hottest Year Comes to Close
December 2, 2016
Among the cities setting records, Atlanta, Dallas, St. Louis and even Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, crushed their previous fall records from 1931 – a Dust Bowl year.
Salt Lake City set a record warm fall for the second year in a row. The top three warmest falls in that city have now occurred in the last five years.
Despite colder weather in November, America’s northernmost town, Utqiagvik (formerly known as Barrow), about 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle, also had their record warmest fall.
One of America’s southernmost cities, Brownsville, Texas, also easily soared past their previous record warmest fall from 2004.
Three prominent heat waves contributed to this record-setting fall.
An early-September heat wave sent temperatures soaring well into the 90s in the Northeast. Philadelphia set an all-time September hottest daily low temperature on Sept. 9, only dropping to 80 degrees.
Then, a mid-October heat wave made it feel more like August in a broad swath of the East, South and Plains. With a high of 101 degrees on Oct. 17, Dodge City, Kansas, smashed its previous record latest-in-season 100-degree high by over three weeks.
Finally, a late October into early November warm spell put an exclamation point on the warm fall. Over a dozen larger cities tied or set all-time November record highs. Louisville, Kentucky, did it two days in a row, reaching 85 degrees both on Nov. 1 and 2.
When looking at monthly records tied or set, that ratio was just shy of 47 warm records for every cold record.