Even the deserts can’t get to their normal highs

“It hasn’t been this cold on July 4th since records began. Let’s not get brainwashed out there.”
“Since we don’t hear about it elsewhere, here are the Record Lows for July 4th and Record Low Max temps,” says reader Ralph Fato.

“Yes, that’s Phoenix in there at 91 which might be hot, but their normal High is 107. Not even the deserts can get to their normal High temps. Hmmm.”

Record Low Temps:

State Location Date New Record (°F) Previous Record (°F)

AZ Kitt Peak Wed, 4 Jul 2012 51 54 in 1998

ID Nezperce Wed, 4 Jul 2012 33 34 in 1989

ID Pierce Wed, 4 Jul 2012 34 34 in 1968

ID Stanley Wed, 4 Jul 2012 22 23 in 1958

OR Coquille City Wed, 4 Jul 2012 44 44 in 1983

OR Grizzly Wed, 4 Jul 2012 30 30 in 1999

OR Lacomb, , 4 Jul 2012 41 41 in 1975

OR Ruch Wed, 4 Jul 2012 41 41 in 1955

TX Falcon Dam Wed, 4 Jul 2012 65 65 in 1982

WA Holden Village Wed, 4 Jul 2012 34 34 in 1977

WA Pomeroy Wed, 4 Jul 2012 39 40 in 1999

WA Sunnyside Wed, 4 Jul 2012 41 41 in 1905

WA Whitman Mission Wed, 4 Jul 2012 41 43 in 1986

Record Low Max Temps

State Location Date New Record (°F) Previous Record (°F)

AK Elfin Cove Wed, 4 Jul 2012 52 53 in 1999

AZ Natural Brg Wed, 4 Jul 2012 74 80 in 1914

AZ Phantom Ranch Wed, 4 Jul 2012 96 98 in 1984

AZ Phoenix Wed, 4 Jul 2012 91 96 in 1975

AZ Sasabe Wed, 4 Jul 2012 80 85 in 1979

AZ Show Low Wed, 4 Jul 2012 73 78 in 1966

AZ Tucson Intl Wed, 4 Jul 2012 86 90 in 1951

AZ Wittmann Wed, 4 Jul 2012 86 97 in 1921

CA Alpine Wed, 4 Jul 2012 78 78 in 1991

CA El Centro Wed, 4 Jul 2012 97 100 in 1964

CA Vista, Wed, 4 Jul 2012 68 72 in 1999

HI Hawaii Vol Np Hq 54 Wed, 4 Jul 2012 64 65 in 1975

HI Honolulu Observ. 702.2 Wed, 4 Jul 2012 81 82 in 1972

HI Opihihale No 2 24.1 Wed, 4 Jul 2012 74 74 in 2000

NV Rd Rock Spg Mt Rch Sp Wed, 4 Jul 2012 84 86 in 1989

OR Madras Wed, 4 Jul 2012 67 67 in 1966

WA Concrete Ppl Fish Stn Wed, 4 Jul 2012 55 56 in 1975

WA Stehekin, Wed, 4 Jul 2012 64 65 in 1965

Thanks to Ralph Fato for this info


11 thoughts on “Even the deserts can’t get to their normal highs”

  1. It’s been a really pathetic Spring and Summer thus far throughout the area West of the Rockies. I understand the remnant of the big bad High out East of the Rockies is prog’ed to retrograde out here this weekend. Excellent news. But it will be a mere week of respite.

  2. The AZ temps are fairly telling. I’d also like to note that Phantom Ranch is at the bottom of the Grand Canyon in the Bright Angel Fault zone. That is approximately 2000ft el., whereas the rim of the canyon is about a mile higher at approx. 7000ft.
    I’d like to know the temp at the rim for the new and old date(my guess in the 80’sF), then we’d get an idea of any changes in the temp. gradient-difference-with-altitude from the earlier date to now.

      • so …
        1984 91F at the S. rim, 98F Phantom 2012 75F at the S. rim, 96F Phantom.

        I know this is just one location, for comparison, but it does seem to suggest some kind of gradient difference.

  3. Wish we had a little of that cooling here in Illinois. These record highs are making for an unbearable summer.

  4. I wish I was on the west coast!!! Record heat throughout the midwest, I mean, hotter in Chicago than in Houston!!! That’s amazing!!! Spreading to the east coast, and yet we have people still saying lookout for the coming ice age. I just read on a blog from Yahoo on a story about the extreme heat in the US that the sun has been at record levels of irradiance since the 70’s, increasing each decade, and other people say the sun has gone dormant. Don’t know what to believe. I know here in southeast Texas we are having an average summer here so far, yet the majority of the nation is baking in extreme heat, the breadbasket of the country is in extreme heat, and this after the year without a winter and record warm spring. Doesn’t surprise me in the least that this is going to be a very long hot summer…

    • America makes up only 10% of the world’s land mass. Check out the entire world before talking GLOBAL weather and climate. Here in Winnipeg, Canada flowering bushes which normally begin and end blooming in May only bloomed in JUNE and STILL have blooms in JULY. We are having warm weather here now, but only after a very cool and wet spring. The late blooming of flowers and plants is VERY telling as for the past seven years plants have been blooming later and later each year. I used to pick my Mothers favourite flowers, Lilacs, for her every Mothers Day which falls in early May. She doesn’t get them until LATE June now. Plants tell us more about Global Cooling then any weather “expert” ever can. All we have to do is be observant.

  5. Yes so far Phoenix average is -2.6 F below normal thru July 6th.
    Yuma,AZ is at -3.6 F below normal.
    CAMPO ASOS, CA is a cool -5.2 F below normal.
    Palm Springs, CA at -2.5 F.
    San Diego at -3.2 F.
    NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV at -2.3 F.
    (just to name a few)

  6. Every place cannot be warm at the same time people. When one area is warm, it is only natural that another area is going to experience cooler weather. When the West has a ridge they get the warm weather and we get the cool weather here in the East. When the East has a ridge like what has been happening lately we get the warmer weather and the West gets the cool weather.

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