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THE DECADE OF THE 1930S

 

AVERAGE YEARLY TEMPERATURE

AVERAGE SUMMER TEMPERATURE

AVERAGE WINTER TEMPERATURE

TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE YEAR

1930

47.1 DEGREES

72.5 DEGREES

18.9 DEGREES

23.76 INCHES

1931

50.6 DEGREES

74.1 DEGREES

28.7 DEGREES

17.73 INCHES

1932

45.0 DEGREES

71.8 DEGREES

22.0 DEGREES

27.65 INCHES

1933

46.8 DEGREES

72.7 DEGREES

19.2 DEGREES

20.73 INCHES

1934

48.5 DEGREES

71.8 DEGREES

21.9 DEGREES

24.61 INCHES

1935

48.0 DEGREES

73.3 DEGREES

22.7 DEGREES

32.25 INCHES

1936

46.9 DEGREES

77.8 DEGREES

9.4 DEGREES

25.28 INCHES

1937

46.4 DEGREES

74.4 DEGREES

16.0 DEGREES

27.65 INCHES

1938

50.2 DEGREES

74.5 DEGREES

21.0 DEGREES

29.43 INCHES

1939

49.5 DEGREES

72.7 DEGREES

22.1 DEGREES

25.33 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

1930

32

7

23

12

1931

40

7

2

0

1932

21

3

30

9

1933

29

2

20

14

1934

36

10

16

3

1935

36

4

19

7

1936

61

21

45

32

1937

41

3

39

14

1938

33

0

14

5

1939

29

1

14

6

The decade of the 1930s was the warmest decade of the 20th century with an average temperature of 47.9 degrees. The decade had the warmest summers with an average temperature of 73.6 degrees and the mildest winters with an average temperature of 20.2 degrees. While winters during the decade were mild, an abnormality occurred during the winter season of 1935-36 when the 4th coldest winter of the century occurred. The average temperature that winter was 9.4 degrees. This was highlighted by February 1936 which was not only the coldest February of the century but also the coldest month of the century. The average temperature that month was 0.5 degrees. However, the decade was noted for its heat. Three of the top five warmest years occurred during the 1930s. The average annual temperature for 1931 was 50.6 degrees making it the warmest year of the century. The third and fifth warmest years of the century also occurred in 1938 at 50.2 degrees and 1939 at 49.5 degrees. The winter of 1930-31 was not only the warmest winter of the century with an average temperature of 28.7 degrees, but had the least snowfall when 5.4 inches of snow fell. This winter contained the warmest February of the century with an average temperature of 33.4 degrees and the second warmest January at 27.8 degrees. Meanwhile the summers were generally hot with three of the top six warmest summers occurring in the 1930s. The warmest summer occurred in 1936 with an average temperature of 77.8 degrees. The summer of 1936 also saw the warmest July of the century when the temperature averaged 84.6 degrees. With an average temperature of 74.5 degrees, summer 1938 tied for the third warmest and at 74.4 degrees, summer 1937 tied for sixth warmest of the century. In addition, the warmest May (1934 - 70.4 degrees) and October (1938 - 58.8 degrees) occurred during the decade. There were numerous other top 5 warmest months during the decade. The fourth warmest January occurred in 1939 with an average temperature of 26.6 degrees. The third warmest March occurred in 1938 with an average temperature of 41.2 degrees. The second and fourth warmest May of the century occurred in 1939 at 67.4 degrees and in 1936 at 66.0 degrees. The second warmest June occurred in 1933 with an average temperature of 76.2 degrees. The second warmest July was in 1935 at 80.6 degrees. The decade saw the second and fourth warmest August of the century with an average temperature of 78.5 degrees in 1936 and 78.0 degrees in 1937. September 1931 and September 1936 are tied for the second warmest of the century at 67.8 degrees. The third warmest December of the century occurred in 1939 with an average temperature of 31.3 degrees. Only one other month was amongst the top 5 coolest of the decade - September 1934 was the fourth coolest when the temperature averaged 56.8 degrees. As for individual days, the coldest April day of the century occurred on the 3rd in 1936 with a low of 4 degrees. Meanwhile the hottest temperatures for the months of May, July and August were recorded during the 1930s - May 30, 1934 reach 104 degrees, July 17, 1936 at 110 degrees, and August 24, 1936 at 109 degrees. The decade recorded the most days with temperatures of 90 degrees or more at 358 days and 100 degrees or more at 58 days. At 222 days, the decade recorded the fewest number of days with temperatures of zero degrees or colder. The year with the most days of 90 degrees or more occurred in 1936 with a total of 61 days. In 1937, 41 days were 90 degrees or more which was the fifth most for the century. 1936 also had the most days of 100 degrees or more with 21 days of that occurrence. Ten days of 100 degrees or more during 1934 was good for third most and 1930 and 1931 tied for fifth most at 7 days. Winter 1935-36 had 49 days with temperatures of zero degrees or colder, fifth most of the century. Only two days during winter 1930-31 had temperatures of zero degrees or colder, the fewest of the century.

Precipitation for the decade of the 30s was 254.42 inches. Several seasons were amongst the driest of the decade. The winter of 1930-31 received only 0.23 inches of precipitation - the least for any winter this century. This was followed by the second driest spring of the century with 1.97 inches of precipitation. The driest spring season occurred in 1934 when only 1.62 inches of precipitation. This spring included the driest May of the century with 0.10 inches of rain and 4th driest April with 0.31 inches. May 1931 was the fifth driest May of the century with 0.75 inches of rain. The only other month to be amongst the top 5 was July 1930 when only 0.27 inches of rain fell making it the second driest of the century. While no season was amongst the wettest this century, several months were wet. In fact, the wettest month of the century was August 1932 when 9.33 inches of rain was recorded. The wettest May of the century occurred in 1936 when 9.03 inches of rain fell and April 1935 was the wettest April this century when 5.98 inches of precipitation fell. Other wet months include January 1937 (4th - 1.76 inches) and September 1938 (5th, 5.89 inches). The wettest day in the month of May for the century was 3.96 inches on the 23rd. Significant snowstorms for the decade occurred on March 26 1936 with 9 inches and February 15-16 1938 with 13 inches. The most snowfall for the winter season of the decade was 63.2 inches during 1935-36. Only 5.4 inches fell during winter season 1930-31, the least of the century.

Winter 1935-36 was very cold with a 35 day stretch of minimum temperatures zero degrees or colder from January 18th through February 21st . During this period the average low temperature was 17.3 degrees below zero. 30 out of the 35 days had low temperatures of 10 below zero or colder and 16 days of 20 below zero or colder. The coldest temperature during this period was 30 below zero recorded on February 16th.

July 1936 had an average maximum temperature of 98.9 degrees. There were nine consecutive days of 100 degrees or more between the 9th and the 17th. During a 24 day stretch, between the 3rd and the 26th the average high temperature was 101.5 degrees.


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