Warmer Days on Average

Maximum temperatures averaged at least 0.5°F above the 30-year average at 205 (81%) of the stations we examined. The average maximum temperature was at least 3°F above the 30-year average in 48 (19%) of the locations; in 13 of these locations, the average maximum temperature was at least 4°F above the 30-year average.

Warmer-than-average days hit Texas and the Great Plains the hardest in 2006. Average peak temperatures soared more than 5°F above the 30-year average in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Weather stations in Texas recorded average maximum temperatures 4.9°F above normal in Wichita Falls, 4.6°F above-normal in Dallas-Fort Worth, and 4.2°F above normal in San Antonio (Table 7).

See Appendix D for the average peak temperature in 2006 for all weather stations.

Table 6. 10 Weather Stations Recording Average Temperatures that Deviate Most from the 30-Year Average, 2006

Rank

State

City

Location

Normal Average Temp. (°F): 1971-2000

Average Temp. (°F): 2006

Degrees Above Normal

(°F)

1

MN

Rochester

Municipal Airport

43.4

47.9

4.5

2

MT

Helena

Helena Airport

44.0

48.4

4.4

3

MN

Saint Cloud

Municipal Airport

41.8

46.2

4.4

4

MO

Kansas City

International Airport

54.2

58.5

4.3

5

TX

Wichita Falls

Sheppard Air Force Base

63.1

67.3

4.2

6

MN

Minneapolis-St. Paul

International Airport

45.4

49.6

4.2

7

NY

Rochester

Rochester-Monroe County Airport

47.6

51.7

4.1

8

ND

Bismarck

Municipal Airport

42.3

46.4

4.1

9

OK

Oklahoma City

Will Rogers World Airport

60.1

64.1

4.0

10

MI

Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie Muni Airport

40.1

44.1

4.0

Table 7. 10 Weather Stations Recording Average Maximum Temperatures that Deviate Most from the 30-Year Average, 2006

Rank

State

City

Location

Normal Max. Temp. (°F): 19712000

Average Max. Temp. (°F): 2006

Degrees Above Normal (°F)

1

OK

Oklahoma City

Will Rogers World Airport

71.1

76.2

5.1

2

TX

Wichita Falls

Sheppard Air Force Base

75.3

80.2

4.9

3

WY

Sheridan

Sheridan County Airport

58.4

63.3

4.9

4

TX

Dallas-Fort Worth

Regional Airport

75.8

80.4

4.6

5

MO

Kansas City

International Airport

64.3

68.7

4.4

6

NE

Grand Island

Hall County Regional Airport

61.1

65.5

4.4

7

KS

Topeka

Municipal Airport

65.2

69.5

4.3

8

KS

Wichita

Mid-Continent Airport

67.4

71.6

4.2

9

TX

San Antonio

International Airport

79.8

84.0

4.2

10

ND

Bismarck

Municipal Airport

54.5

58.7

4.2

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