Since our wet-cycle started in the
early 1990s, extremely hot days have been rare in this area. The cloudier conditions that produced all the
rain, plus the wet soil limited the potential for temperatures to get much
beyond the low 90s.
Last year was the
exception, although our 90 degree plus days were very close to the long term
average, we did manage to hit 100 degrees two times in 2006, a 101 on July 15th
and a 102 on July 30th. Those
were just our second and third 100 degree days since 1989 and our first since
1995. Until last year, we had only hit
97 or 98 degrees four times since 1995.
Why do I mention this all today?
Tomorrow afternoon looks to be one of those rare scorchers we have seen so
few of in recent years.