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In 2009, we fried, then froze How to read the chart

Daily highs
Record highs

The first half of the year was marked by drought, with temperatures that were mostly higher than usual. The Normal highs

trend was capped by a brutal late-June/early-July heat wave that produced record-breaking high temperatures for Normal lows
nearly two weeks. A strong El Niño in the Pacific helped to end the pattern, and also put a damper on hurricane Daily lows
season. By December, we had nearly wiped out a yearlong rainfall deficit and even saw some snow. Record lows

JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL MAY JUNE JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER
Record highs April 22 (90°) June 23 (101°) July 3 (100°)* Oct. 15 (92°)* One inch of
110°
TEMPERATURE for dates: June 24 (104°) July 4 (101°) snow fell at Bush On track to be
Jan. 3 (83°)* June 25 (102°) July 5 (102°) Intercontinental tied for 7th-
Daily highs and lows, June 26 (104°) Airport on Dec. coolest December
with normal and record June 28 (102°) 4, making it the on record, with
100° temperatures for each day: an average
June 29 (103°) earliest snowfall
temperature of
on record 50.1° (through
90° Wednesday)

80°

70°

60°

50° Seven consecutive Marks indicate low


days of 100°+ heat temperatures that either
tied record for set or tied a record for
40° longest stretch in warmest low temperature
June (set in 1902) for the date (25 total)
30°

2nd- 2nd- Tied for 6th-


20° warmest warmest warmest
Biggest temperature June on record, July on record, August on record, Coldest night
swing (40 degrees): with an average with an average with an average of the year;
10° Jan. 27 (high 80°, low 40°) temperature temperature temperature record low
of 85.6° of 87.4° of 86.2° for date:
Dec. 5 (26°)

60˝
Normal: 47.84˝
50˝ RAINFALL 3rd-wettest 8th-driest 4th-driest
April on May on June on
Cumulative record, with record, with record, with Actual Normal
40˝ precipitation, 10.38 inches 0.38 inches 0.27 inches rainfall rainfall
in inches: of rain of rain of rain 2009
30˝ total:*
6th-driest
5th-wettest
47.01˝
20˝ January on October on
record, with
record, with
10˝ 0.49 inches * Through
May 1 - Sept. 1: Driest period on record, with 5.6 inches of rain 13.16 inches
of rain 7 p.m.
of rain Thursday

4.0˝
3.5˝ Daily April 18: 2.98˝ Oct. 22: Oct. 26: 2.43˝
April 17: 1.90˝ April 27: 1.76˝ 3.05˝
3.0˝ precipitation, Oct. 29: 2.45˝
2.5˝ in inches, with April 12: 1.01˝ April 18: 2.40˝
July 7: Sept. 22:
2.0˝ significant 1.61˝ Oct. 12: Dec. 1:
rainfall events March 12: 1.48˝
1.5˝ 1.05˝ 1.24˝ 1.38˝
1.0˝ highlighted:
0.5˝

Monthly totals, with departure from normal:


0.49˝(-3.19˝) 1.52˝(-1.46˝) 4.08˝(+0.72˝) 10.38˝(+6.78˝) 0.38˝(-4.77˝) 0.27˝(-5.08˝) 2.84˝(-0.34˝) 2.11˝(-1.72˝) 4.68˝(+0.35˝) 13.16˝(+8.66˝) 1.66˝(-2.53˝) 5.44˝(+1.87˝)
Source: National Weather Service * Record highs tied in previous years. Note: All data reported from Bush Intercontinental Airport. Normals based on 30-year period (1971-2000). JAY CARR : C H R O N I C L E