Summer, 2009, was one for the ages
Fall began Tuesday and, even though Rockdale's weather has been noticeably cooler and rainier for two weeks, that's a welcome milestone in super-heated 2009.
Since late spring, frequent temperatures of 100 degrees or higher have seen 2009 break or challenge every major hotweather record on the town's U.S. Weather Service books.
Most notably, the year logged 62 readings of 100 or higher, breaking the record of 59 set in 1998.
However, there hasn't been a reading of 100 on the U. S. Weather Service thermometer at KRXT-FM since the mercury climbed to 103 on Sept. 3.
Days over 105 Not only did 2009 break the record for 100-degree-plus days, the highs were higher this year than in any past year.
There were 19 highs of 105 or greater in 2009. That breaks the record of 17 established in 2000.
Mercifully, the all-time record of 113, logged on Sept. 5, 2000, didn't fall.
The high this year was "only" 108, reached on four occasions during the spring and summer.
The summer of 2009 also failed to break Rockdale's record of consecutive days with highs of at least 100.
Longest streak of 2009 was 18 reached every day from June 12 through June 29.
Rockdale's record remains 22 consecutive days, set July 18 to Aug. 8, 1944.
|HOW SUMMER 2009||STACKS UP|
|Days 105 or||higher (record)||19||—|