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THE DECADE OF THE 1920S

 

AVERAGE YEARLY TEMPERATURE

AVERAGE SUMMER TEMPERATURE

AVERAGE WINTER TEMPERATURE

TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE YEAR

1920

46.4 DEGREES

70.7 DEGREES

16.8 DEGREES

32.89 INCHES

1921

50.5 DEGREES

74.4 DEGREES

26.0 DEGREES

24.18 INCHES

1922

47.6 DEGREES

72.2 DEGREES

18.3 DEGREES

23.10 INCHES

1923

48.8 DEGREES

73.0 DEGREES

20.7 DEGREES

29.23 INCHES

1924

45.0 DEGREES

68.7 DEGREES

23.3 DEGREES

20.28 INCHES

1925

47.1 DEGREES

71.4 DEGREES

17.0 DEGREES

20.04 INCHES

1926

46.9 DEGREES

71.4 DEGREES

21.9 DEGREES

24.64 INCHES

1927

46.1 DEGREES

68.3 DEGREES

21.9 DEGREES

23.95 INCHES

1928

47.6 DEGREES

69.0 DEGREES

19.3 DEGREES

26.23 INCHES

1929

43.7 DEGREES

69.5 DEGREES

15.6 DEGREES

34.09 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

1920

24

0

22

7

1921

37

0

10

1

1922

25

2

34

16

1923

19

0

13

3

1924

6

0

36

20

1925

31

1

21

6

1926

21

5

17

6

1927

9

0

25

8

1928

9

0

11

3

1929

11

0

43

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The decade of the 1920s had an average temperature of 47.0 degrees, the second warmest decade of the 20th century. This was because of the generally mild winters which averaged 20.1 degrees - second warmest winter of the century. The average summer temperature of 70.9 degrees was close to normal. The average temperature of 50.5 degrees in 1921 is the second warmest year of the century. The summer of 1921 was tied for the sixth warmest summer of the century with an average temperature of 74.4 degrees. This summer included the fifth warmest June when the temperature averaged 75.0 degrees. The average winter temperature of 26.0 degrees during 1920-21 is the fifth warmest winter of the century. In addition, March 1921 was the fourth warmest March of the century with an average temperature of 40.9 degrees. The warmest April of the century occurred in 1925 with an average temperature of 55.9 degrees. The fifth warmest May occurred in 1926 with an average temperature of 65.2 degrees. The fourth warmest September of the century occurred in 1925 with an average temperature of 67.6 degrees and the third warmest October of the century occurred in 1920 with an average temperature of 57.2 degrees. Finally, November and December 1923 were both the second warmest of the century with an average temperature of 40.4 degrees and 31.5 degrees respectively. Only three months were amongst the top 5 coolest this century. The third coldest April of the century occurred in 1920 with an average temperature of 40.0 degrees. The coldest October of the century occurred in 1925 with an average temperature of 37.8 degrees. The fifth coldest December occurred in 1927 with an average temperature of 10.7 degrees. The hottest September afternoon occurred in 1922 when the mercury hit 104 degrees on the 6th. The coldest October day occurred in 1925 with a minimum temperature of 5 degrees below zero on the 29th. Despite the relative warmth during the decade, it had the second fewest days of temperatures reaching 90 degrees or more at 192 days and the second fewest days of 100 degrees or more at 8 days. The 232 days with temperatures falling to zero degrees or less for the decade is the second least of the century. The six days of temperatures at 90 degrees or more during 1924 is tied for the fifth fewest days of that occurrence for the century. Eight days during winter 1920-21 of temperatures zero degrees or colder is the second fewest of that occurrence for the century.

Precipitation for the decade of the 20s was 258.63 inches, the third wettest decade of the 20th century. The fifth wettest year of the century occurred in 1929 with 34.09 inches. This was aided by the second wettest September of the century when 8.28 inches of rain fell. Other wet months included January 1922 which recorded the most precipitation for any January with 2.33 inches of precipitation. The second wettest April of the century occurred in 1927 with 5.90 inches of precipitation. The third wettest November of the century occurred in 1922 with 3.18 inches of precipitation. The fourth wettest December of the century occurred in 1924 with 1.95 inches of precipitation. April 1926 was the driest April of the century with only 0.02 inches of precipitation. The snowiest January of the century occurred in 1929 when 22.2 inches of snow fell. Significant snowstorms during the decade occurred on April 9-10 1929 with 10.5 inches, December 21-22 1920 with 16 inches and March 3 1920 with 13 inches.

The earliest occurrence of a sub-zero temperature in the 20th century was recorded in this decade. After 4.5 inches of snow fell on October 28 1925 the temperature fell to 5 degrees below zero on October 29th. The maximum temperature on October 29th was only 19 degrees.


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