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2013 summer ‘typical’ by Rockdale standards

Here’s the good news.

So far the summer of 2013 is pretty typical for Rockdale, much more like last year’s than the brutal, rec0rd-breaking summer of 2011.

Here’s the bad news.

It’s not even half over and anything can still happen.

At midweek “only” 14 days of 100- degree highs had been recorded so far in 2013 at KRXTFM. That’s hot, but it’s pretty typical. Those stats put Rockdale’s current summer pretty much on a par with 2012 when there were 32 days in the entire summer with highs of 100 or greater.

Rockdale would settle for that compared to 2011.

B y mid- Ju ly, 2011, t her e had already been 29 days of 100- or- greater temperatures, on the way to an all-time record setting 94.

How hot was 2011? The old record was 63 days of 100-plus, set in 2009.

That’s not to say Rockdale resident have been reaching for their overcoats this summer.

A high of 108 was recorded on June 30. That matches the 2012 high, which was logged on June 26.

The high in 2012 was a blistering 112 degrees, reached on Aug. 28. (The last week in August through the first week in September has usually produced Rockdale’s hottest readings.)

Rockdale’s all-time high was 113, recorded Sept. 4, 2000. That’s the only heat record that didn’t fall (by one degree) in the summer of 2011.

Forty-two days of summer, 2011, produced high temperatures in excess of 105 and there were 27 consecutive days of highs over 100.

While it’s “so far, so good,” the hottest part of the summer still lies ahead.

The mean temperature (average of all readings) of August, 2011, all hours, day and night, was 91.


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