Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Mercury hit 112* F for the first time since 1936

No matter how you measure it, Yesterday it was hot in Topeka


"By Corey Jones Copyright 2011 . Tim Hrenchir Copyright 2011 ."

"If there is a silver lining in the searing heat wave scorching the Midwest, it is of its historic nature. Topekans can one day tell their offspring how they walked to summer school uphill both ways in temperatures that reached a staggering 112 degrees, melting the sidewalks.

Kids and grandkids may roll their eyes, but a portion of that story actually will be true.

Topekans on Tuesday sweltered through the capital city's highest temperature in nearly 75 years.

The National Weather Service reported the mercury topped out at 112 degrees Tuesday afternoon at its office near Philip Billard Municipal Airport.

Temperatures previously had last gotten that high locally on Aug. 15, 1936, when they reached 112 degrees, said Shawn Byrne, a meteorologist for the weather service's Topeka office.

The 112-degree reading also eclipsed the city's past record high for Aug. 2 of 106, set in 2010. The city's top heat index Tuesday also was 112.

The weather service reported Tuesday's temperature was among the six highest ever recorded in Topeka.

The other mercury readings on that list were:

■ The city's all-time high of 114, on July 24, 1936.

■ The city's record high for August of 113, recorded on Aug. 13 and Aug. 14, 1936.

■ 112, recorded on Aug. 10 and Aug. 15, 1936.

Byrne said Topeka set an unofficial all-time high Tuesday when the mercury reached 105 before noon, which was the city's highest such mark since the weather service in 1978 began keeping unofficial records of the highest temperatures recorded in the capital city by noon.

The weather service has been keeping weather records in Topeka since 1887.

Tuesday marked the 21st day this year that triple-digit temperatures had been recorded in Topeka. The city's record number of 100-degree days in a year is 59, set in 1936.

Topeka's highest number of triple-digit temperature days in a year since 1954, when it saw 30, came in 1980, when it recorded 24."

I'm praying that fall comes early.

How about you?