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THE FIRST DECADE OF THE 20th CENTURY

 

AVERAGE YEARLY TEMPERATURE

AVERAGE SUMMER TEMPERATURE

AVERAGE WINTER TEMPERATURE

TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE YEAR

1900

45.6 DEGREES

70.6 DEGREES

17.6 DEGREES

29.06 INCHES

1901

46.3 DEGREES

73.7 DEGREES

16.2 DEGREES

22.53 INCHES

1902

44.9 DEGREES

67.7 DEGREES

17.8 DEGREES

25.92 INCHES

1903

43.5 DEGREES

67.1 DEGREES

14.4 DEGREES

30.90 INCHES

1904

44.3 DEGREES

67.8 DEGREES

11.1 DEGREES

20.07 INCHES

1905

45.9 DEGREES

70.6 DEGREES

13.5 DEGREES

35.53 INCHES

1906

46.5 DEGREES

69.5 DEGREES

24.0 DEGREES

32.88 INCHES

1907

45.1 DEGREES

70.6 DEGREES

18.4 DEGREES

20.68 INCHES

1908

47.8 DEGREES

68.4 DEGREES

23.3 DEGREES

33.04 INCHES

1909

45.4 DEGREES

72.5 DEGREES

20.4 DEGREES

36.02 INCHES

 

 

 

NUMBER OF DAYS 90 DEGREES OR MORE

NUMBER OF DAYS 100 DEGREES OR MORE

NUMBER OF DAYS 0 DEGREES OR LESS

NUMBER OF DAYS -10 DEGREES OR LESS

1900

34

0

32

9

1901

33

6

23 +

13 +

1902

8

0

29

12

1903

2

0

33

12

1904

19

2

43

22

1905

24

0

34

22

1906

19

1

18

6

1907

13 ++

0 ++

21

11

1908

23

0

13

2

1909

31

0

39

18

+ MISSING MARCH 1901
++ MISSING JUNE 1907

 

The first decade of the 20th century had an average temperature of 45.5 degrees, slightly below average. The decade had the coolest summers with an average summer temperature of 69.8 degrees. Winters for the decade were slightly below normal with an average temperature of 17.7 degrees. 1903 was tied for the fifth coolest year of the century at 43.5 degrees and had the third coolest summer at 67.1 degrees. This included the fifth coolest winter in 1903-1904 when the average temperature was 11.1 degrees. The spring of 1907 saw the second coldest April of the century with an average temperature of 39.4 degrees and the coolest May of the century with an average temperature of only 51.1 degrees. Other top 5 coolest months include July 1904 (4th, 69.0 degrees), September 1902 (3rd, 56.6 degrees), November 1900 (4th, 24.5 degrees). The warmest September of the century occurred in 1908 with an average temperature of 69.9 degrees. The only other months to be amongst the top 5 warmest were July 1901 which averaged 79.9 degrees, third warmest and November 1904, 40.2 degrees, also third warmest. The coldest February day of the century occurred in 1905 when the temperature fell to 37 below zero on the 2nd. The coldest June day of the century occurred in 1901 when the mercury fell to 32 degrees. The decade had the third fewest days of 90 degrees or more at 206 days and the third fewest days of 100 degrees or more at 9 days. The two days of 90 degrees or more during 1903 ties for the second fewest of that occurrence for the century and the 8 days of 90 degrees or more during 1902 ties for fifth fewest of the century. Winter 1903-04 had the fourth most days with zero degrees or colder at 50 days.

The first decade of the century was by far the wettest decade with 286.63 inches of precipitation. The second and third wettest years of the century occurred in the decade with 36.02 inches in 1909 and 35.53 inches in 1905. Several months from these years were included in the top 5 wettest - February 1909 (3rd, 2.65 inches), June 1909 (2nd, 8.35 inches), December 1909 (tied 4th, 1.95 inches), and November 1905 (2nd, 3.45 inches). November 1905 was followed by a monthly total of a trace in December 1905. The third and fourth wettest Mays of the century occurred in 1908 with 7.75 inches and 1903 with 7.43 inches of precipitation. The wettest July of the century occurred in 1900 with 9.11 inches of rainfall. 1906 had the third wettest August of the century with 8.08 inches of rain. At 5.91 inches, September 1901 was the fourth wettest of the century. Finally, August 1907 was the driest August of the century with 0.36 inches of rain. Significant snowstorms occurred on February 8-9 1909 with 21.0 inches and February 12 1908 with 7 inches.

The third wettest month of the century occurred in July 1900 when 9.11 inches of rain fell. 1.96 inches of rain fell on the 15th and 2.65 inches fell on July 19th.


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