When Do We Normally Hit 100º in El Paso?

Weather Talk

POSTED: Monday, May 19, 2014 - 1:14pm

UPDATED: Monday, May 19, 2014 - 1:18pm

In today’s "Weather Talk" I will give you the information you want to know about 100º days in El Paso

This past weekend we felt the temperatures begin their seasonal push into the hot zone in El Paso and across the Borderland. Sunday El Paso hit a high of 96º! As we edge ever closer to June; temperatures will edge ever closer to, eventually hit and exceed the century mark. We are in for a couple more hot afternoons before temperatures moderate a bit towards the end of the week. I had a few people message me asking” When do we normally hit our first 100º day in El Paso?” Whenever I get a 100º El Paso question I think of the “All you need to know about 100º Days in El Paso” a 100º climate summary that Dave Novlan , meteorologist from the National Weather Service in El Paso, researched, wrote and has updated for quite few years now.

In today’s “Weather Talk” I thought I would give you a few highlights from the 100º El Paso data he collected and talk about our outlook for this upcoming summer.

David J.Novlan / Climate Focal Point / WFO El Paso

FROM 1879 THROUGH September 2013 THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE HAS REACHED 100 DEGREES F OR HIGHER 2086 TIMES.

ON THE "AVERAGE" EL PASO EXPERIENCES 15.4 DAYS OF TRIPLE DIGITS PER YEAR.
* FROM 1981-2010 EL PASO AVERAGED 20.5 DAYS OF TRIPLE DIGITS PER YEAR. *
SINCE 1879 NO YEAR HAS GONE WITHOUT AT LEAST ONE TRIPLE DIGIT OCCURRENCE.


THE FOLLOWING YEARS SAW ONLY ONE OCCURRENCE OF TRIPLE DIGITS

1899 1904 1914 1917 1919 1926 1941 1967

*THE HOTTEST DAY ,114º F, I N EL PASO OCCURRED ON JUNE 30, 1994
1994 ALSO WAS THE YEAR A RECORD CONSECUTIVE 23 DAYS OF TRIPLE DIGITS OCCURRED FROM JUNE 23 THROUGH JULY 15. THERE WAS A TOTAL OF 62 100º OR ABOVE DAYS THAT YEAR.*

THE EARLIEST OCCURRENCE OF 100º  WAS ON MAY 8, 1989.

THE LATEST START TIME OF 100º  WAS ON SEPT. 2, 1899.

THE LATEST OCCURRENCE OF 100º WAS ON SEPTEMBER 16, 1956 (101º F)

*THE 'AVERAGE' STARTING DATE FOR TRIPLE DIGITS IS JUNE 14.*

THE 'AVERAGE ENDING DATE FOR TRIPLE DIGITS IS AUGUST 2.

  TOTAL TOTAL TOTAL TOTAL TOTAL TOTAL
YEAR MAY JUNE JULY AUG SEP YEAR

 

                       SIGNIFICANT EARLY YEARS

1882 0 13 24 7 0 44
1883 0 21 17 5 0 43
1884 4 18 29 15 0 66
1885 1 12 24 13 0 50
1886 7 16 22 9 0 54

THE MOST 100º RECENTLY( HOTTEST DAY 114º JUNE 30TH, 1994)

1994 2 23 21 16 0 62

THE LAST 10 YEARS

  TOTAL TOTAL TOTAL TOTAL TOTAL TOTAL
YEAR MAY JUNE JULY AUG SEP YEAR
2004 1 7 8 0 0 16
2005 5 13 18 0 0 36
2006 2 11 7 0 0 20
2007 0 7 6 3 0 16
2008 2 14 0 0 0 16
2009 0 1 16 4 0 21
2010 0 14 5 10 1 30
2011 0 21 12 16 1 50
2012 1 18 0 9 0 28
2013 0 18 6 2 0 26

 


For Dave Novlan’s complete “All you need to know about 100º Days in El Paso” go to:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/epz/?n=elpaso_100_degree_page

So now you have a better idea of what are the hottest months, the averages, the 100º+ records and when we can expect or 100º Days.

Extra moisture or humidity in the air tends to hold down the actually air temperature. Even though it feels hooter because our bodies prespiration does not evaporate as easily to cool us down.

This year it appears as if we are finally shifting into a “El Niño”” weather pattern.
“El Niño” is Spanish for "the boy" also refers to the "Christ child.  “El Niño is the name scientists have given to the episodic warming of the equatorial Pacific Ocean. This ocean warming—which recurs irregularly every 3-7 years or so—leads to major shifts in atmospheric circulation over the Pacific Ocean and subsequently has a profound effect upon global weather patterns. El Niño is first indicated appearance of unusually warm, nutrient-poor water off northern Peru and Ecuador, usually this happens in late December. This warm water evaporates and is carried by the trade winds into the southern jet stream and into western and southwestern United States. This makes for a dramatic increase in area rainfall in the summer and even more of a snowfall increase in the winter for these areas.

Many Meteorologists and Scientists If El Niño returns, the American West and Southwest could see major relief next winter from the long-lasting, destructive drought,

Most experts say we have a 50/50 chance of “El Niño” kicking in this year. Let us hope so to increase our water supply, reduce the fire danger and help our vegetation.

El Paso on average hits 100º by June 14th and and we normally see our last 100º day by August 2nd. This is good information to have to plan when we have to stay safe and take extra precautions from heat stress on our bodies. We know to drink plenty of water, wear light clothing and keep from doing outdoor activities from 10 A.M.. through at least 6 P.M.. everyday.
Find as I like to say “OPA” or “Other People’s Air Conditioning” like the Mall, the airport or a restaurant to stay cool.

I think we may hit 100º by the first of June this year. What is your guess? Send them to me at cdebroder@ktsm.com and let me see if I can get the winner’s some lunch or something.

Chuck DeBroder, Chief Meteorologist
KTSM, NewsChannel 9, NBC, El Paso, TX
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