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Summer 2011: One For The Record Books

UPDATED September 25, 2011

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman


With summer now having given way to autumn, many cities in the Southern Plains are happy to say, "Good riddance!" to a record-breaking hot summer swelter.

Dallas broke its record number of 100-degree days to make it an all-time record 70 days this year. For more on that, check out this story.

Dallas wasn`t alone in the record-breaking department, with many Texas Plains cities shattering long-standing heat records this year. Here`s a short list of some cities across the South that broke all-time records for triple-digit heat:

  • Wichita Falls, Texas has had 100 days of 100-degree heat to smash its all-time record of 79 days set back during the massive heat wave of 1980.
  • San Angelo, Texas has had 99 days breaking its record of 60 days set in 1969.
  • Austin, Texas is checking in with 86 days this year which breaks the record of 69 days set back in 1925.

Other states baked in the heat this year too:

  • Shreveport, La., reported 62 days of 100-degree heat breaking the record 47 days it had way back in the 1800s, and
  • Oklahoma City hit triple-digit temperatures 63 times this year, eclipsing the record of 50 back in 1980.

Along with that, many cities had their hottest summer ever, including Tyler, Texas, which had a average temperature of 90.5 degrees this year, shattering its 1998 record summer of 87.1 degrees. San Antonio, Texas also has a record-hot summer with an average temperature of 88.0 degrees.

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Information courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


Story image: A vendor near the Alamo opens a umbrella to provide protection from the sun, in sizzling San Antonio, Texas. AP Photo/Eric Gay, File

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