Sizzling Summer!!!

Updated: September 1, 2010

High pressure and high moisture values dominated the weather pattern here in Central Alabama for much of the summer.  This lead to above normal temperatures both during the day and at night, along with very high heat index values.  The heat wave began in June and then intensified in late July and early August when afternoon highs climbed above 100 degrees in most locations.  It was so warm in fact, that numerous climatological top ten measurements occurred. Below is a compilation of heat records and climatological readings for selected sites across Central Alabama.



Maximum Heat Indices This Summer

Location June July August
Birmingham 103 - 6/13 107 - 7/25 111 - 8/4
Montgomery 104 - 6/14 111 - 7/30 111 - 8/2
Tuscaloosa 106 - 6/14 109 - 7/30 116 - 8/3
Anniston 102 - 6/13 109 - 7/24 111 - 8/4
Calera 103 - 6/15 106 - 7/25 109 - 8/4
Gadsden 103 - 6/13 107 - 7/23,24,25 111 - 8/3,4
Troy 103 - 6/25,27 109 - 7/23 111 - 8/2
Alexander City 106 - 6/14,24 108 - 7/15 110 - 8/2,4

 

Consecutive Days where the High Temperature was 90 degrees or higher.

Location # of Days Historical Rank Previous Record
Birmingham 50 1st* 37 - 1932 & 2007
Montgomery 56 1st* 52 - 1986
Tuscaloosa 46 2nd 69 - 1954
Anniston 27 6th 38 - 1960
Pinson 55 1st* 38 - 2007

Here is a list of 'Calendar Day' temperature records that were broken for selected sites in Central Alabama (* indicates new record)...

Record High Temperatures measured in August 2010

Location Date Temperature Previous Record
Birmingham Aug 1st 101 Tied 101 - 1921/1987
Montgomery Aug 1st 101 Tied 101 - 1897
Tuscaloosa Aug 1st 102 100 - 1987
Birmingham Aug 2nd 101 99 - 1897
Montgomery Aug 2nd 100 Tied 100 - 1897
Tuscaloosa Aug 2nd 100 Tied 100 - 1957
Birmingham Aug 3rd 101 100 - 1947
Tuscaloosa Aug 3rd 101 99 - 1957
Tuscaloosa Aug 4th 102 100 - 2006/2007
Birmingham Aug 12th 102 Tied 102 - 2007
Montgomery Aug 23rd 100 Tied 100 - 1968/1983/1987

 

Record Highest Low Temperatures measured in August 2010

Location Date Temperature Previous Record
Birmingham Aug 1st 78 77 - 2007
Tuscaloosa Aug 1st 76 Tied 76 - 1987
Anniston Aug 1st 75 74 - 2004
Birmingham Aug 2nd 80 78 - 2006
Tuscaloosa Aug 2nd 77 75 - 1980/1987
Anniston Aug 2nd 78 75 - 1999
Birmingham Aug 3rd 78 Tied 78 - 2007
Tuscaloosa Aug 3rd 78 77 - 1970
Anniston Aug 3rd 78 76 - 1995
Birmingham Aug 4th 81 78 - 1947
Tuscaloosa Aug 4th 76 75 - 1970/1981/1991
Anniston Aug 4th 78 77 - 1995
Anniston Aug 5th 75 Tied 75 - 1995
Tuscaloosa Aug 10th 77 76 - 1979/1987
Anniston Aug 10th 76 75 - 1903
Birmingham Aug 12th 78 Tied 78 - 1999
Birmingham Aug 13th 78 Tied 78 - 1999
Tuscaloosa Aug 13th 78 76 - 1962/1987/2006
Tuscaloosa Aug 14th 76 Tied 76 - 1982
Anniston Aug 14th 75 74 - 1993/1995
Tuscaloosa Aug 15th 76 Tied 76 - 1980
Anniston Aug 15th 77 75 - 1995
Tuscaloosa Aug 16th 76 Tied 76 - 1949/1980
Anniston Aug 16th 77 76 - 2007
Tuscaloosa Aug 17th 76 Tied 76 - 1949/1952/2007
Anniston Aug 17th 78 77 - 2007
Birmingham Aug 18th 78 76 - 1902/1969/2006
Tuscaloosa Aug 18th 78 Tied 78 - 1980
Montgomery Aug 19th 78 Tied 78 - 1878/2000
Tuscaloosa Aug 19th 78 Tied 78 - 1969
Anniston Aug 19th 77 Tied 77 - 1969
Tuscaloosa Aug 20th 77 76 - 1980
Tuscaloosa Aug 22nd 76 Tied 76 - 1983

 

Record Highest Low Temperatures measured in July 2010

Location Date Temperature Previous Record
Birmingham Jul 12th 80 77 - 1962
Birmingham Jul 21st 77 76 - 1898/2006
Tuscaloosa Jul 21st 75 Tied 75 - 1965/1979/1986/1993
Anniston Jul 21st 75 Tied 75 - 1954/1997
Anniston Jul 25th 76 75 - 1983/1993
Anniston Jul 26th 74 Tied 74 - 1977/1993/2005
Tuscaloosa Jul 30th 75 Tied 75 - 1982/1989/2001/2004

 

Record Highest Low Temperatures measured in June 2010

Location Date Temperature Previous Record
Tuscaloosa June 4th 73 Tied 73 - 1958/1981/1986
Anniston Jun 10th 73 Tied 73 - 1945/1981/1985
Tuscaloosa Jun 11th 75 74 - 1964/1981
Tuscaloosa Jun 12th 74 Tied 74 - 1978/1981
Anniston Jun 12th 73 72 - 1977/1981
Anniston Jun 15th 73 Tied 73 - 1958/2004
Tuscaloosa Jun 19th 73 Tied 73 - 1952/2004
Anniston Jun 28th 73 Tied 73 - 1945/1997

 

Here are some climatological standings for monthly temperatures in June, July, and August (* indicates new record)...

 

The Average Temperature for August 2010 

Location Average Temperature Historical Rank Previous Record
Birmingham 84.7 3rd 86.9 - 2007
Montgomery 85.1 3rd 87.0 - 2007
Tuscaloosa 85.3 2nd  86.0 - 2007
Anniston 83.1 2nd 85.2 - 2007

 

The Average Temperature for July 2010

Location Average Temperature Historical Rank Previous Record
Birmingham 84.6 1st* 84.4 - 1980
Montgomery 84.6 Tied 4th 86.1 - 1875
Tuscaloosa 84.3 Tied 3rd 85.0 - 1981
Anniston 82.9 3rd 83.8 - 1980

 

The Average Temperature for June through August 2010

Location Average Temperature Historical Rank Previous Record
Birmingham 83.7 1st* 82.7 - 1902
Montgomery 84.2 1st 84.3 - 1954
Tuscaloosa 84.0 1st* 84.0 - 1981
Anniston 82.3 1st* 81.5 - 1954/1980

  

The Average High Temperature for August 2010

 

Location Average Temperature Historical Rank Previous Record
Birmingham 94.1 8th 98.4 - 2007
Montgomery 95.7 5th 99.2 - 2007
Tuscaloosa 95.9 Tied 4th 99.5 - 2007
Anniston 92.9 11th 98.2 - 2007

 

The Average High Temperature for July 2010

Location Average Temperature Historical Rank Previous Record
Birmingham 94.9 9th 96.2 - 1930
Montgomery 95.5 6th 97.6 - 2000
Tuscaloosa 95.1 8th 98.3 - 1952
Anniston 93.7 7th 95.9 - 1980

 

The Average High Temperature for June 2010

Location Average Temperature Historical Rank Previous Record
Birmingham 91.3 18th 94.6 - 1930
Montgomery 94.4 Tied 6th 95.2 - 2000
Tuscaloosa 93.2 6th 98.1 - 1952
Anniston 91.5 Tied 7th 94.0 - 1952

 

The Average High Temperature for June thorugh August 2010

Location Average Temperature Historical Rank Previous Record
Birmingham 93.5 4th 94.3 - 1954
Montgomery 95.2 Tied 2nd  96.0 - 1954
Tuscaloosa 94.8 4th 96.7 - 1954
Anniston 92.7 5th 94.4 - 1954

  

The Average Low Temperature for August 2010

Location Average Temperature Historical Rank Previous Record
Birmingham 75.2 2nd 75.4 - 2007
Montgomery 74.5 3rd 75.4 - 1878
Tuscaloosa 74.6 1st* 73.5 - 1980
Anniston 73.4 1st* 73.0 - 1995

 

The Average Low Temperature for July 2010

Location Average Temperature Historical Rank Previous Record
Birmingham 74.4 1st* 73.6 - 2006
Montgomery 73.8 13th 76.6 - 1875
Tuscaloosa 73.6 5th 74.9 - 1979
Anniston 72.1 1st* 71.7 - 2005

 

The Average Low Temperature for June 2010

Location Average Temperature Historical Rank Previous Record
Birmingham 72.1 1st* 72.0 - 1943
Montgomery 70.8 31st 73.7 - 1981
Tuscaloosa 71.7 2nd 73.0 - 1981
Anniston 69.9 1st* 69.8 - 1981

 

The Average Low Temperature for June through August 2010

Location Average Temperature Historical Rank Previous Record
Birmingham 73.9 1st* 72.1 - 2007
Montgomery 73.1 7th 74.0 - 1878
Tuscaloosa 73.3 2nd 73.4 - 1981
Anniston 71.8 1st* 70.4 - 2005

 

 

 

 

 

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