July 1, 2008 in City

Weather Extremes

Harris-mann Climatology The Spokesman-Review

For the week of June 22-28, there were 98 weather records tied or broken at National Weather Service reporting stations. Most of the extremes last week were high temperature records in the Far West.

Southern California had high temperatures of 103 at Ramona and 116 degrees at Needles on June 22.

The record heat moved into the Northwest on June 28 when Meacham, Ore., had a record high of 85 degrees. The mercury topped the century mark at The Dalles, Ore., with a reading of 103 degrees. Medford, Ore., also hit 103 degrees on June 28. Highs in the 90s were observed along the Northwest coastline. It was a record-tying 91 degrees at Seattle and 92 degrees at Olympia on the 28th. LaCrosse, Wash., was 98 degrees.

A new record high was established at Portland on June 29 with a reading of 100 degrees. Vancouver, Wash., and Salem, Ore., topped out at 101 degrees.

As noted earlier, Meacham, Ore., had a record high of 85 degrees on June 28. Three days earlier, Meacham had a record low of 33 degrees. At the Seattle Weather Service Office, early morning temperatures dipped into the upper 40s to near 50 degrees last week, tying or breaking more low temperature extremes. Within the same week, several stations in the Northwest broke both high and low temperature records.

More unwanted rainfall occurred in the central United States last week. At Ottumwa, Iowa, 3.42 inches of rain was measured, adding to the flooding problems in the region. Des Moines, Iowa, gauged 1.43 inches of moisture on June 26. Springfield, Mo., had a record 1.74 inches of rain on June 28. Parts of Florida also recorded heavy rainfall last week; on June 25, Jacksonville had 2.85 inches and Tallahassee 3.08.

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