For the Trivia Buffs
by Chris Dolce and Jonathan Erdman, Meteorologists
One of the hottest summers in decades continues to scorch areas from the Southern Plains to the Southeast, at times reaching into the East, as well.
Numerous all-time record highs have fallen by the wayside since late May, some of which have stood since the "Dust Bowl" of the mid 1930s!
Below we've compiled a list of the most notable heat records over the past two-plus months, broken down into categories such as "all-time highs", "hottest months", "heat streaks", and even notably hot low temperatures.
If this list seems long, well...that's the point. There are so many impressive records being set!
This information was provided by various National Weather Service resources.
All-Time Record High
Ft. Smith, Ark. - 115 degrees on August 3 (records since 1882)
Fort Smith, Ark. - Hottest July on record
Hottest June on Record
Ft. Smith, Ark.
Heat Streaks & Days of 90+ or 100+ Heat
Getting stuck in a rut is no fun, particularly if that rut is a streak of intense heat.
Fort Smith, Ark. - 33 consecutive 100-degree days through August 6 is a new all-time record streak.
I don't know about you, but I have lived in Arkansas for many years. I am an Arkansas native, but I can not remember a summer like this one in the last 50 years.. Even my home town of Harrison set a new all time high temp record of 112 this past week.
Stay hydrated, be careful if you have to be out in the heat!! Educate yourself as to the signs of heat stroke.