Eastern Washington has been a land of temperature extremes this past week. Earlier this week the temperature reached 106 F at Benton City on 8 June 2015 and several sites reached 105 F, including the Hanford climate station. Now just 5 days later, we are experiencing an unusually late freeze and frost near Spokane and Pullman. The Turnbull NWR Climate Reference Network site is reporting a very unusual June temperature in the 20s with 28.3 F reported early this morning (13 June 2015).
There seems to have been some strange climate change at work across San Francisco since 2000. Daily minimum temperature records are very difficult to achieve at the airport in this the 21st century but still quite common in downtown San Francisco over the past 15 years.
Number of Daily Temperature Records since 2000 in San Francisco using 70-year period of record from 1945-2015:
# Min Records # Max Records
Downtown 104 102
In western Washington we have an ASOS site at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station (KNUW) whose temperature often runs considerably higher than surrounding sites.
For example, the high temperature today about 2 miles south of KNUW ASOS on Whidbey Island was 52 F at OAKH2. Similarly, the AgWeatherNet site on northern Whidbey Island near Coupeville had a high temperature of 52.4 F. But at KNUW ASOS the high temperature was 5 deg F warmer at 57 F.
At 2 PM PDT today (22 Sept 2015) the temperature at KNUW was running about +3 to +4 deg F warmer than surrounding sites as shown by this map.
It would be interesting to understand why the temperature at Whidbey Island NAS often runs so much higher than at surrounding sites.
The Hanford climate station in eastern Washington reports February 2015 to have been their warmest February in the 71 year historical record from 1945 – 2015. The mean of 45.3 F exceeded the previous record in February 1958 by +0.8 F. More detailed information can be found here.
Final results are in…at the Olympia Airport over the past 74 years since 1942 this past month was the 3rd warmest February in the historical record:
1) 1958 47.0 F
2) 1963 46.1
3) 2015 46.0
At Eugene Airport with 76 years of record since 1940 this past month was the 4th warmest February on record:
1) 1963 49.2 F
2) 1968 48.9
3) 1958 48.7
4) 2015 48.2
March came in like a polar bear up in Eureka on the Arctic coast of Canada with a max temperature of -55 F and a min temperature of -60 F on 1 March 2013, the 2nd consecutive day to reach -60 F. Yesterday marked the 12th consecutive day with a min temperature of -50 F or below at Eureka with 8 of those 12 colder than -55 F. The SLP reached an unusually high 1051 hPa yesterday as well.
They are celebrating in Wenatchee WA. For the first time in nearly 3 weeks the temperature has risen above freezing with 33 F reported at 11 AM 29 Jan 2013. The max temperature reached 37 F back on 10 Jan 2013 before sinking below the freezing mark for the next 19 days.