On January 15, in 1972, in Loma, Montana, the official high temperature was recorded at 49 degrees. Now, that might not seem very newsworthy, especially for the folk who live in western Arizona and along the Colorado River.
But just twenty four hours prior the high temperature was recorded at – 54 degrees Fahrenheit. That 103 degree temperature change in just twenty four hours was a new world record.
In Saranac Lake, in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, during the winter of 2017-18, the January 1 temperature was -32F. On January 12 the temperature was recorded at 55 degrees. And then on the morning of January 14 it was an incredible -30F.
Phillipsburg, Kansas set a weather record on May 29, 2000. In just eleven minutes the temperature rose from 74.6°F to 93.5°F. And in Hobart, Oklahoma, the temperature jumped from 74.1°F to 93.4°F on May 23, 2005.
Counted among the strangest weather events recorded in the United States was a dramatic cold front that swept across the country on November 10-11, 1911. An artic blast swept into the northern plains and the temperature in Rapid City, South Dakota plunged from 55°F at 6 am to 3° by 8 am.
As the front moved eastward on November 9, 10, and 11 it collided with unseasonably warm air in Missouri. The result was a series of violent tornados in Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. In Janesville, Wisconsin an F4 tornado killed nine people, injured fifty and decimated a large swath of the town.
When the tornado struck the town at 9:00 P.M. the temperature was 70°F. By midnight the temperature had plunged to 7°F and the town was struck by a blinding blizzard.
On July 13, 1972, at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada, the low temperature was 78°F . By that afternoon it had soared to 114°F. The following day temperatures in Las Vegas were even more dramatic, 61°F and 116°F.
And then there was the very odd morning of January 22, 1943 in Spearfish, South Dakota. At at 7:30 A.M. the temperature was recorded at a frigid -4 degrees. Within ten minutes it was 45 degrees. By 9:00 A.M. it was 54 degrees. And at 9:30 the temperature was -4!
In Oklahoma City on November 11, 1911 the afternoon high was a record 83 degrees. At midnight the temperature was down to 17 degrees.
On the same day in Springfield, Missouri, both a record high and record low temperature was set. At noon the temperature was 67 degrees. By 6:00 that evening the temperature had dropped an incredible sixty-six degrees!
In Bullhead City and along the Colorado River in western Arizona, we don’t experience such drastic changes in a matter of hours. But in a matter of weeks we often go from summer to chilly mornings. And if you take the dog for a walk in the mornings you might have noticed a hint of fall in the air.
Now is the time to prepare your HVAC system for winter. Now is the time to call the professionals at Airzona Comfort Solutions, LLC, the most trusted name in the Colorado River Valley for all your heating, cooling, and ventilating needs.