Tom Skilling – “Decade has had fewest 90-degree days since 1930”,0,918946.story

Decade has had fewest 90-degree days since 1930

Tom Skilling | August 13, 2008

August is the wettest and often the muggiest month of the year. Yet, summer heat continues in short supply, continuing a trend that has dominated much of the 21st Century’s opening decade. There have been only 162 days 90 degrees or warmer at Midway Airport over the period from 2000 to 2008. That’s by far the fewest 90-degree temperatures in the opening nine years of any decade on record here since 1930.

This summer’s highest reading to date has been just 91 degrees. That’s unusual. Since 1928, only one year—2000—has failed to record a higher warm-season temperature by Aug. 13.


A pocket of cool air aloft and the additional “lift” provided as air accelerates into a pocket of strong jet-stream winds aloft produced a funnel cloud over northwest Indiana on Tuesday evening. The funnel, which hovered over Cedar Lake and Lowell for nearly 10 minutes, never touched the ground and dissipated without incident.

A disturbance in the Atlantic east of the Lesser Antilles threatens to strengthen and become the next tropical depression. It is being watched by hurricane forecasters.

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