Heat Summary for 2012

Information valid through September 11, 2012 - Updated September 12, 2012 at 7:00 a.m.

Number of 90, 95 and 100 degree days
Historical Rankings of 90, 95 degree days Meteorological Summer Rankings


Number of 90+, 95+, and 100+ degreee (F) days in 2012

Here is a look at the number of 90+, 95+, and 100+ degree (F) days so far in 2012 at various locations around the region.

90 Degree Frequency Average Per Year 2012 So Far 2011 Total
La Crosse, WI 14.6 37 17
Rochester, MN 9.2 21 10
Austin, MN 10.3 23 11
Winona, MN 17.2 20 12
New Hampton, IA 13.4 28 11
Charles City, IA 15.5 33 11
Lancaster, WI 12.0 32 9
Mauston, WI 10.4 30 11
Medford, WI 6.5 6 6
95 Degree Frequency Average Per Year 2012 So Far 2011 Total
La Crosse, WI 3.3 13 7
Rochester, MN 2.1 2 4
Austin, MN 1.7 9 3
Winona, MN 4.8 8 5
New Hampton, IA 3.1 7 2
Charles City, IA 3.7 10 4
Lancaster, WI 2.6 9 0
Mauston, WI 1.1 9 1
Medford, WI 1.4 1 0
100 Degree Frequency Average Per Year 2012 So Far 2011 Total
La Crosse, WI 0.5 3 1
Rochester, MN 0.4 0 1
Austin, MN 0.0 0 1
Winona, MN 0.2 1 0
New Hampton, IA 0.6 0 0
Charles City, IA 0.6 0 0
Lancaster, WI 0.5 1 0
Mauston, WI 0.3 4 0
Medford, WI 0.3 0 0


Historical Rankings for Number of 90+ and 95+ Degree Days

La Crosse

Record 90+ Days   Record 95+ Days
1) 46 1988    1) 25 1988 
2) 37  2012
  2) 20  1931 
    1995   3) 17 1936
4) 35  1955    4) 16 1955
    1931   5) 15 1934
    1910       1901
7) 34 1934    7) 14 1995
8)  33 1980       1965
    1936   9) 13 2012
    1894       1874
 

Rochester

Record 90+ Days   Record 95+ Days
1) 38 1934    1) 19 1934
2) 33  1916   2) 18 1936 
3) 32  1936       1931
4) 31  1955   4) 14 1955
    1931       1913
6) 30 1988   6) 12  1910
7) 29 1948   7) 11 1947
8) 28  1910       1916
9) 27  1913   9) 9 1988
10) 26 1941       1933
            1930 


Ranking the 2012 meteorological summer compared to meteorological summer records

This meteorological summer (June-July-August) will be remembered for record warm stretches, especially those that occurred during the month of July.  For the months of June and July, the temperatures in La Crosse, WI were equivalent to those you would experience living in Atlanta, Georgia!   In July alone, the temperatures in La Crosse, WI were more like those typically experienced in Miami, Florida.

The change in the overall weather pattern the last three weeks has led to cooler and below normal temperatures in August. This has caused the average temperatures to drop; however, the average temperature so far in the summer months remains in the top five at Rochester. To round out the last few days of August, another stretch of hot conditions occurred with highs in the 90s.

These tables show average temperature rankings for 2012 Meteorological Summer (June-July-August):

La Crosse

Average High Temperature   Average Low Temperature
1) 88.1 1988   1)  64.9 1995
2) 86.6 1995   2) 64.6 1881
3) 86.1 2012   3) 64.2 2010
4) 85.7 1936   4) 63.9 1949
5) 85.6 1894   5) 63.7 1980
            1878
             
       Average Temperature      
    1) 75.7 1995    
    2) 75.3 1988    
    3) 74.4 2012    
    4) 74.2 1980    
    5) 74.0 1955    
        1949    
        1901    
 

Rochester

Average High Temperature
  Average Low Temperature
1) 85.5 1936   1) 61.6 2012
2) 85.2 1988       2010
3) 84.9 1949   3) 61.2 2006
4) 84.7 1931       1949
5) 84.3 1933   5) 61.0 2011
            1995
             
       Average Temperature      
    1) 73.0 1949    
    2) 72.4 2012    
    3) 72.3 1955    
    4) 72.2 1988    
    5) 71.9 1936    



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