Wednesday, August 8, 2012 was the 56th consecutive day with high temperatures of at least 80 degrees at Fort Wayne.  This broke the previous record of 55 which was set in 1899.  The streak ended on Thursday August 9, as the high temperature only reached 79 at Fort Wayne.

July ended up as the fourth warmest July and month on record with an average high temperature of 91.5°F and an average temperature of 79.4°F. The average temperature is 5.8°F above normal. For the July climate summary at Fort Wayne, click here. At South Bend, the month of July was the second warmest on record, with an average high temperature of 90.5°F and an average temperature of 79.5°F.  The average temperature is 6.5°F above normal. For the July climate summary at South Bend, click here.

With many temperature records broken across the region this year, we decided to take a look at some record temperature statistics for Fort Wayne and South Bend Indiana. We also looked at data for the airport at Benton Harbor Michigan and cooperative weather observer data at Pandora Ohio. Through August 6th, the average temperature for 2012 is 55.7° F at Fort Wayne, 54.9° F at South Bend, 55.6° F at Pandora and 53.6° F at Benton Harbor. These are the warmest average temperatures on record for all locations through July 31st in any year. It is interesting to note that each of the top 4 warmest starts to the year, through August 6th, ended up with top ten warmest years with the exception of Benton Harbor. 

Warmest Average Temperature from January 1 through August 6

Fort Wayne End of Year Rank Rank End of Year Rank South Bend
55.7° F - 2012 ?? 1 ?? 54.9° F - 2012
54.9° F - 1921 1st 2 4th 53.3° F - 1991
53.3° F - 1998 3rd 3 2nd 52.5° F - 1998
53.2° F - 1991 T-4th 4 6th 52.3° F - 1987
52.9° F - 2010 8th 5 3rd
52.1° F - 1973

Warmest Average Temperature from January 1 through July 31

Benton Harbor
End of Year Rank Rank End of Year Rank Pandora
53.6° F - 2012 ?? 1 ?? 55.6° F - 2012
53.5° F - 1921 1st 2 1st 53.6° F - 1998
52.7° F - 2010
4th
3 T-2nd 53.0° F - 1991
52.0° F - 1987
14th
4 T-2nd 52.6° F - 2006
51.6° F - 1933
T-8th
5 7th
52.5° F - 2002

Note: This chart only contains years with no missing data.

The first 6 months of 2012 have all experienced above normal temperatures. The January 1-February 28 period was the T-17th warmest on record, while the meteorological spring period (March 1-May 31) was the warmest on record at Fort Wayne. At South Bend, the January 1-February 28 period was the 11th warmest on record, while the meteorological spring period was the 2nd warmest on record. While June was only the T-19th warmest at Fort Wayne and the T-22nd warmest at South Bend, record warmth in March and record heat during the first few days of July have helped contribute to the year-to-date warmest average temperatures. Below is a chart containing the monthly average temperatures for Fort Wayne and South Bend during 2012, and how they rank all-time.

 

Monthly Average Temperatures and Rankings - 2012

Fort Wayne-2012

Period of Record: 1897-2012

Fort Wayne

1981-2010 Norrmal

Month

South Bend

1981-2010 Norrmal

South Bend-2012

Period of Record: 1893-2012

29.6° F - T-29th warmest
24.9° F January 24.4° F 29.4° F - T-19th warmest
33.2° F - 18th warmest
28.3° F February 27.8° F 32.2° F - 17th warmest
52.6° F - all-time warmest 38.4° F March 37.5° F 52.8° F - all-time warmest
51.1° F - T-29th warmest 50.0° F April 49.0° F 49.5° F - T-42nd warmest
67.0° F - 3rd warmest  61.4° F  May 59.3° F 64.7° F - T-11th warmest
 72.1° F - T-19th warmest 70.1° F June 69.1° F 71.5° F - T-22nd warmest
79.4°F - 4th warmest
73.6° F July 73.0° F 79.5°F - 2nd warmest

 

Monthly Average Temperatures and Rankings - 2012

Benton Harbor-2012

Period of Record: 1887-2012

Benton Harbor

1981-2010 Norrmal

Month

Pandora

1981-2010 Norrmal

Pandora-2012

Period of Record: 1949-2012

30.5° F - T-21st warmest
26.7° F January 25.4°F 30.3° F - 11th warmest
32.5° F - T-18th warmest
28.9° F February 28.6°F 33.0° F - T-11th warmest
51.3° F - all-time warmest 37.6° F March 38.0°F 52.8° F - all-time warmest
47.3° F - T-46th warmest 48.6° F April 49.7°F 50.5° F - T-22nd warmest
61.6° F - 14th warmest  58.4° F  May 60.5°F 67.5° F - T-2nd warmest
 69.2° F - T-35th warmest 68.3° F June 69.8°F 71.4° F - 15th warmest
 77.7° F - 4th warmest 72.7° F July 73.2°F 79.5° F - 2nd warmest

Note: September 2011 was the last month to have an average monthly temperature below normal at both Fort Wayne and South Bend.

The charts below show this year's (through June) average temperatures compared to annual temperatures from 1940 to 2012 for Fort Wayne and South Bend. Click on the thumbnails for higher resolution images.

Fort Wayne South Bend


With extremely warm temperatures during late June and early July, we decided to take a look at how these temperature extremes stacked up to all-time records. Below are charts containing various information about number of 100° and 90° days, number of consecutive 100° and 90° days, all-time warmest temperatures, and the most recent date that various temperature thresholds were met.

 

Most 100°F+ Days in a Year

Rank Fort Wayne South Bend Benton Harbor Pandora
1 8 days - 1934 12 days - 1936 and 1934 4 days - 2002
5 days - 1988
2 6 days - 2012, 1988 and 1936 5 days - 1901
2 days - 2006, 2005, 1999, 1936, and 1934
4 days - 2012
3 3 days - 1953 4 days - 2012, 1988, 1933, 1916
1 day - 9 years, most recently 2012
2 days - 1952
4 2 days- 1955, 1930, 1918 3 days - 1940, 1930, 1918 N/A 1 day - 5 years most recently 1995
5 1 day - 10 years, most recently 2011 2 days - 1983, 1947, 1911  N/A  N/A

Normal

Per Year

0.2 day 0.1 day N/A N/A

 

Most Consecutive Days of 100°F+

Rank Fort Wayne South Bend Benton Harbor Pandora
1

4 days - ending 7/7/2012

9 days - ending 7/15/1936
2 days - ending 8/1/2006, 8/1/2002, 7/22/2002, 7/31/1999, 7/11/1936
2 days - ending 7/7/2012 and 7/16/1988
2 3 days - ending 7/9/1988, 7/14/1936, 7/10/1936, 7/22/1934 6 days - ending 7/25/1934
1 day - 15 times, most recently 7/4/2012 1 day - 12 times, most recently 7/4/2012
3 2 days - ending 9/2/1953, 7/25/1934, 7/20/1930, 8/6/1918 3 days - ending 7/20/1930 and 7/23/1901 7/6/2012

4 1 day - 21 times, most recently  7/17/2012 2 days - 8 times, most recently ending 8/6/1947  
5   1 day - 31 times, most recently 6/28/2012    

 

Hottest Days on Record

Rank Fort Wayne South Bend Benton Harbor Pandora
1 106° F - 6/28/2012, 6/25/1988, 7/14/1936, 7/22/1934
109° F - 7/24/1934 104° F - 7/21/2002, 7/30/1999, 6/1/1934
103° F - 6/25/1988
2 104° F - 7/13/1936, 7/8/1936, 7/24/1934, 7/21/1934 108° F - 7/14/1936 103° F - 7/2/2002 102° F - 7/7/2012 and 6/28/2012
3

103° F - 7/7/2012, 7/14/1954, 7/12/1936, 7/25/1934

107° F - 7/21/1934 102° F - 7/21/1934 101° F - 7/6/2012, 7/7/1988, 6/21/1988, 8/31/1951
4 102° F- 8 days, most recently 7/7/1988 106° F - 7/13/1936, 7/10/1936, 7/8/1936, 6/1/1934 101° F- 8/1/2006, 7/31/2002, 6/20/1953, 7/30/1913 100° F - 8 days, most recently 7/4/2012
5 101° F - 11 days, most recently 7/6/2012 105° F - 7/12/1936, 7/11/1936, 8/9/1934, 7/25/1934
100° F - 17 days, most recently 7/4/2012 99° F - 6 days, most recently 7/9/1988
6 100° F - 14 days, most recently 7/17/2012 104° F - 6/25/1988, 7/22/1934, 7/20/1934, 7/19/1930
99° F - 18 days, most recently 8/2/2006 98° F -14 days, most recently 7/5/2012
7 99° F - 31 days, most recently 7/14/1995 103° F - 8/1/1988, 6/28/1934, 7/21/1901
98° F - 27 days, most recently 7/17/2006 97° F -18 days, most recently 7/30/1999

 

The Last Time The Temperature Reached At Least...

Temperature Fort Wayne South Bend Benton Harbor Pandora
109° F
Never
7/24/1934 Never Never
108° F Never
7/14/1936 Never Never
107° F Never 7/14/1936 Never Never
106° F 6/28/2012 7/14/1936 Never Never
105° F 6/28/2012 7/14/1936 Never Never
104° F 6/28/2012 6/25/1988 7/21/2002 Never
103° F 7/7/2012 8/1/1988 7/22/2002 6/25/1988
102° F 7/7/2012 7/6/2012 7/22/2002 7/7/2012
101° F 7/7/2012 7/6/2012 8/1/2006 7/7/2012
100° F 7/17/2012 7/6/2012 7/4/2012 7/7/2012


Most 90°F+ Days in a Year

Rank Fort Wayne South Bend Benton Harbor Pandora
1 50 days - 1983 53 days - 1934 47 days - 2002
45 days - 1988
2 49 days - 1988 44 days - 1988  44 days - 2005 43 days - 1983, 1952
3 45 days - 1955 42 days - 1901 38 days - 1988
40 days - 1953
4 43 days - 1953 41 days - 1983 and 1895 34 - 2007
36 days - 1955
5 42 days -1934 and 1899 40 days - 1936 and 1933 33 - 1991
32 days - 2011
Through 8/6/2012 40 days 30 days 27 days 28 days
Normal Per Year 13.4 days 9.7 days N/A N/A

 

Wednesday, July 18th marked the end of the record 22 consecutive days of at least 90° heat at Fort Wayne. This broke the previous record of 21 consecutive 90+ degree days which was set in the period ending July 17, 2012. The streak ended at 22 days as the high for Thursday, July 19th only reached 84°.

Most Consecutive Days of 90°F+

Rank Fort Wayne South Bend Benton Harbor Pandora
1 22 days - ending 7/18/2012
15 days - ending 7/24/1901
10 days - ending 9/31/1953
11 days - ending 7/21/1983 and 9/4/1953
2

14 days - ending 7/24/1983

13 days - ending 7/18/1936
9 days - ending 7/1/2005, 8/5/2002, and 8/5/1988
10 days - ending 7/7/2012 and 7/26/2011
3 12 days - ending 7/30/1940 and 7/18/1936 11 days -  ending 8/29/1936 and 9/15/1897
8 days - 7 times, most recently 6/26/2002
9 days -  ending 8/27/1959
4 11 days - ending  8/30/1959 and 7/9/1897 10 days - 7 times, most recently 8/5/1988
7 days - 9 times, most recently 7/2/1991
8 days - 5 times, most recently 6/21/1994
5

10 days -6 times, most recently 6/22/1994

9 days - ending 9/2/1953, 9/9/1922, 7/7/1921, 7/28/1918
6 days - 11 times, most recently 7/6/2012
7 days - ending 6/12/1999, 8/17/1995, 6/16/1967
6 9 days - ending 7/28/1964, 7/26/1934, 6/24/1910 8 days - 8 times, most recently 6/24/1995
5 days -  13 times, most recently through 7/5/2012
6 days - 6 times, most recently 8/3/1995

 

 

 

We also looked back at data from our cooperative observing stations to find the hottest temperatures ever recorded in the County Warning Area (CWA). Below is a table of the hottest temperatures. Data quality and length of record varies from station to station so these numbers are unofficial.

Hottest Temperatures on Record

Rank Temperature Location Date
1 111°F

Napoleon, OH

Goshen 3W

Paulding, OH

Defiance, OH

8/6/1947

7/14/1936

7/14/1936

7/25/1934

2 110°F

Van Wert 1 S

Monticello

7/14/1936

6/6/1925

3 109°F

Winamac 2SSE

Wabash

Lima, OH WWTP

Wauseon, OH WTP

Montpelier, OH

Rochester

7/8/1987, 7/14/1936, 7/22/1934

7/14/1936

7/14/1936

7/14/1936, 8/7/1918

7/24/1934

7/22/1934

 

Below are a few extreme weather statistics for the state of Indiana, courtesy of the Indiana State Climate Office at http://iclimate.org .

 

Extreme Data for Indiana

  • Maximum temperature ever recorded: 116F at Collegeville in 1936.
  • Most days ever recorded when temperature was over 90F: 105 times in 1953 at Evansville.
  • Most days ever recorded when temperature was over 100F: 33 times in 1955 at Evansville.
  • Maximum precipitation in 24 hours: 10.5 inches recorded in 1905 at Princeton
  • Highest wind gust on record of 111 MPH in Indianapolis occurred on June 29, 1929.

 

  • Extreme Maximum Temperatures by Month for Indiana

Month Max Temp (F) Year Place
Jan 80 1943 Madison
Feb 83 1938 Shoals
Mar 91 1929 Madison
Apr 100 1930 Winona Lake
May 103 1934 Collegeville
Jun 111 1936 Seymour
Jul 116 1936 Collegeville
Aug 111 1936 Seymour
Sep 108 1953 Madison
Oct 100 1939 Madison
Nov 91 1933 Shoals
Dec 78 1982 Evansville
 

 


NG/SLL/CEO/EB

Updated - 8/1/2012 9 AM


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