Are you ready for a heat wave?
Posted at: 06/19/2012 9:47 AM
By: Ray Levato | WHEC.com
Ready for a heat wave? It may not compare with last July when there were 4 consecutive days in the 90's including a new record of 98 set on July 21.
Also in 2011, Rochester officially tied the record high temperature for May 31 at 91 degrees. How many 90-degree days will we have this Summer season?
According to the National Weather Service, Rochester officially averages eight to nine days in the 90's, although some years the mercury never reaches 90.
Looking back in the record book, in the Summer of 2010, the mercury reached 90 or above seven times.
The Summer of 2002 was a scorcher. There were 20 days when the temperature hit 90 or more. And there were two legitimate heat waves. One in mid-August that lasted five days. And another in early September that lasted four days.
And as recently as 2004, The Rochester area had no 90 degree days.
Here's the break down for the hottest Summers here going back a decade, according to the National Weather Service office in Buffalo, which keeps records for the Rochester region:
There were 17 days in 2007 with 90 degrees or more, 20 in 2002, 13 in 2005 and 13 in 2001
Summers where the temperature never reached 90: 1998, 2000 and 2004.
And going back 130 years, from when they started keeping records, Rochester averages about nine days where the thermometer hits 90 or above. Going back over the last 30 years, it's eight.