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A Record Dry Spell, Plus Near-Record Heat Coming

By · July 15, 2012 at 8:31 pm

We’ve tied the record driest dry spell…not something anyone is happy about. The previous record 45-day dry spell was .09″ from August 13 to September 26, 1908. Now this year, we’ve matched that with only .09″ falling officially for Indy from June 1st to July 15th. More records could also be reached. For example, if we stay dry through the end of Monday, we will tie the mark for driest starts to the month of July. That record is held by July 1901. We had some very isolated showers/storms Sunday, but most areas stayed dry. Expect more dry weather Monday and Tuesday. Our best chance of rain all week arrives Wednesday with scattered showers/storms possible as a weak cold front drops through.

Then there’s the heat. We may have finally broken our streak of 90+ highs when Saturday’s high missed the mark by one degree, but we started a new streak Sunday! The high hit 95 and we could climb a little more in the next couple days. Monday’s high could get close to a record. I’m forecasting 97 and the record is 98 set in 1988. Tuesday we could get even hotter with a high of 98 (spots like Lafayette could hit 100). The record for Tuesday is 100 set in 1887.

Heat and humidity and mainly dry weather will be the rule for the majority of your WTHR-TV 7-day.

Unfortunately, the outlook 6-10 day outlook calls for more drier-than-average and warmer-than-average weather.

We’ve now hit 90+ 29 times, 95+ 13 times, and 100+ 6 times this summer. And there is plenty of summer yet to go.

Hang in there!
-Chikage

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2 Comments

1

C,mon Chikage, can you do a little cloud seeding or something>? seriously..

2

Chikage,
I am wondering what the weather has been like in the following winter in these previous record breaking years (1936, 1908, etc) of drought and/or excessive heat? Does the trend continue through the winter (mild, lack of snow) or is it the opposite (plenty of snow to make up for the lack of rain)> Just curious.
Thanks!
-Amy Wentzel

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