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Scorching summer across the East

Almost as handy as any barometer, thermometer, or computer model - the thesaurus has been a much needed tool for forecasters in the Eastern US this summer. I mean, how many different ways can you say, "It's going to be hot!!"

  • Hot, adjective
  • Definition: Very high in temperature
  • Synonyms: baking, blazing, blistering, boiling, broiling, burning, calescent, close, febrile, fevered, feverish, feverous, fiery, flaming, heated, humid, igneous, incandescent, like an oven, on fire, ovenlike, parching, piping, roasting, scalding, scorching, searing, sizzling, smoking, steaming, stuffy, sultry, summery, sweltering, sweltry, thermogenic, torrid, tropic, tropical, very warm, warm.

Yes, the 2010 has scorched, seared, roasted, and even broiled the Northeast, the Mid-Atlantic, the South, and the Plains for months now and there's little relief in sight. In fact, some scientists across the globe are making the uncomfortable leap to dub 2010 perhaps the "Hottest Year on Record". We shall see about that, but in many respects the summer so far has been historical in many parts of the country.

Here in Southeastern North Carolina we've been hot. The month of June checked in as the second warmest on record by many measures in Wilmington. As for July, not so much. The month finished only a half a degree above normal as we had a brief reprieve from the heat in the first week of the month. The more remarkable numbers were the overnight lows which were unrelenting - setting a record for most days with temperatures continuously above 76 degrees.

While we've been hot - the heat hasn't been historic like it has been in other areas. Richmond, Virginia saw both its hottest June AND its hottest July on record. It's also set a record for number of 100 degree days at 10 - so far. It's also set a record for number of 95 degree days with 18! "Hot enough for ya?"

In the past week, the heat has refocused it's assualt, shifting to the west. Now, states like Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Missouri have been bearing the brunt of Mother Nature's fury. In Dallas, they're shooting for their 11th straight day of triple-digit heat with the forecast calling for 5 more. They have a long way to go for a record though, needing to break the 42 straight 100 degree days of 1980.

Yes we've sizzled, baked, burned, and sweated our way through this sweltry summer so far - and no there aren't many signs of the heat slowing. As for tomorrow - it looks downright calescent.

(We're going to need another thesaurus.)

Thanks for checking in!

- TB



By: Tim Buckley