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August a record-setting month

By BY SONNY LONG - SLONG@VICAD.COM
Sept. 6, 2011 at 4:06 a.m.


AUGUST 2011 WEATHER DATA

AVG. HIGH: 102.4

AVG. LOW: 76.5

MAXIMUM HIGH: 109 on 8/28

COOLEST LOW: 71 on 8/31

PRECIPITATION: 0.45 of an inch

HIGHEST WIND SPEED: 36 on 8/25

HIGHEST WIND GUST: 45 on 8/25

Source: National Weather Service

August 2011 will be remembered as a record-setting month. Ten marks for record heat were tied or eclipsed.

The record for consecutive days of 100-degree or more temperatures was shattered. Every day in August but one was hotter than 100, according to the National Weather Service website.

A new benchmark of 25 consecutive days was set, 24 of those in August. The streak began on July 31.

Another record that was broken during August was the number of days in a calendar year with 100-degree or greater temperatures.

At the end of August, Victoria had seen 48 100-degree or hotter days, easily breaking the record of 42 set in 1912. That number has continued to climb in September and reached 52 days on Sept. 4, according to the weather service.

Yet more records fell in August as eight days set highs for that date, including the 109 on Aug. 28 that tied for the fifth hottest day all-time in Victoria and was the hottest day of the month.

Other record high days included 103 on Aug. 1, 103 on Aug. 2, 102 on Aug. 15, 104 on Aug. 18, 104 on Aug. 19 and 103 on Aug. 22.

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