This Week in Weather 8/3/19-8/9/19

SO many records were broken across the country this week, from insane high temperatures to extreme amounts of rainfall. Check out the stats below to see for yourself!

  • On Sunday, August 4, lifeguards at Wrightsville Beach, FL performed over 40 rip current rescues.
  • On Sunday, August 4, the rainfall in Athens, GA reached 3.73″, which moves the day up to the 8th wettest August calendar day on record. That rainfall event also wipes out the entire 2019 rainfall deficit, which was 3.34″ going into the day. The surplus year-to-date is 0.26″.
  • Phoenix, AZ broke a 50-year old heat record on Monday, August 5, hitting 115°. This also ties for the hottest summer day of the year.
  • Palm Springs, CA also broke a 50-year heat record on Monday, August 5, hitting a blazing 121°.
    • This contributes to an amazing 51° temperature difference from the coast to the desert today. It was 70° at Del Mar Beach and 121° in Palm Springs.
  • Las Vegas, NV officially hit 113° on Monday, August 5. That ties the record high for the date last set in 1969. It also makes it the hottest day of the year.
  • At least 3 cities had a top 10 wettest day on record on Thursday, August 8:
    • Bangor, ME: Received 3.11” of rain, beating the old record of 1.72” set in 1926. It was the 2nd wettest August day on record.  #1 is 3.67″ on 8/19/1965. (Records date back to 1926)
    • Salina, KS: Received 3.31” of rain, beating the old record of 1.85” set in 1960. It was the 3rd wettest August day on record.  #1 is 5.14″ on 8/31/1977. (Records data back to 1941)
    • North Platte, NE: Received 2.08” of rain, beating the old record of 1.86” set in 1897. It was the 6th wettest August day on record.  #1 is 3.82″ on 8/28/29. (Records date back to 1875)

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