The last time Fargo/Moorhead has hit 100 degrees or higher two times during one summer was back in 1989. Now that we’ve broken the streak of 11 years between 100 degree days (June 17, 1995 to July 15, 2006) we have a shot of two this year as it is looking very warm this weekend.
Currently, the StormTracker Weather Team is forecasting upper 90s on Sunday, so if current indications hold, there is a descent shot of hitting 100 again this summer. Stay tuned for the latest forecast.
If your curious over the title of Double "C", C is the roman numeral for 100.
Yesterday, July 24th, Fargo Hector Int’l Airport had 0.22" of rain. That was the first measurable rain recorded at that site since June 24th, when 0.39" was reported, so it was exactly one month between measurable rain. I say measurable because there were several days, both at the end of June and throughout July where trace amounts (less than 0.01") was reported.
During that 30 day stretch, other areas did receive rain, Hector is just one location, as a matter of fact, some part of the metro received a couple of rainfalls during that 30 day stretch, but it is a good example of how dry many areas have been this summer.
There is a shot of rain again today, so hopefully we won’t have to wait another 30 days to see our next measurable rain.
So this year hasn’t been a record, but it certainly ranks right up there as one of the driest starts of a summer in the past 100 years. All the years listed ended up dry, only time will tell if the summer of 2006 will finish as dry as it has started.
As we enter what looks to be an extended period of 90+ temperature, here is a look at 90+ runs over the last 20 years. Hitting 90+ for more then six days has only happened 5 times since 1986, they are the following:
Aug 14-19 2003 Aug. 3-8 2001 June 14-21 1995 July 26-31 1988 July 2-7 1988
and here are the 100+ days over the last 20 years:
June 17 1995 100 Aug. 3 1989 100 July 5 1989 103 Aug 16 1988 104 July 27 1988 105 July 6 1988 102 July 5 1988 106 July 31 1987 101 july 16 1987 101