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Dangerous Heat in the West; Flash Flooding Possible Across the Southern US

Dangerous heat is expected across areas in Texas and from Washington through California. Several daily high temperature records are expected to be either tied or broken in the West. Monsoonal showers and thunderstorms may result in flash flooding and debris flows over the Southwestern U.S. through Friday. Locally heavy rain is expected from thunderstorms in the Southeast. Read More >

 

Top 10 Warmest Years

Rank Average
Temperature
Year
1 56.5 degrees 1900
2 55.5 degrees 1931
3 55.4 degrees 2012
4 55.1 degrees 1921
5 54.9 degrees 2016
6 54.6 degrees 1896
7 54.5 degrees 2015
8 54.4 degrees 1998
9 54.3 degrees 2017
10 (tie) 54.2 degrees 1894, 1938

 

Top 10 Coldest Years

Rank Average
Temperature
Year
1

47.6 degrees

1917
2

47.9 degrees

1979
3 (tie)

48.6 degrees

1978
3 (tie)

48.6 degrees

1972
5

48.7 degrees

1960
6

48.8 degrees

1924
7 (tie)

49.1 degrees

1912
7 (tie)

49.1 degrees

1951
9 (tie)

49.2 degrees

1950, 1963,
1976, 1996

 

Top 10 Wettest Years

Rank Total Year
1 55.35 inches 1990
2 54.51 inches 2009
3 54.07 inches 1993
4 51.66 inches 1927
5 50.76 inches 2019
6 50.22 inches 1973
7 50.00 inches 1926
8 49.98 inches 2015
9 49.28 inches 1902
10 48.26 inches 1965

 

Top 10 Driest Years

Rank Total Year
1 22.16 inches 1988
2 22.53 inches 1989
3 23.18 inches 1910
4 24.03 inches 1930
5 24.65 inches 1914
6 24.82 inches 1962
7 25.20 inches 1994
8 25.26 inches 1890
9 25.42 inches 2005
10 25.62 inches 1956

 

Top 10 Snowiest Years

Rank Calendar
Year Total
Year Rank Seasonal
Total
Season
1

52.3 inches

1977 1

57.6 inches

2013-14

2

49.8 inches

2014 2

52.5 inches

2010-11

3

47.0 inches

2010 3

51.6 inches

1978-79

4

45.7 inches

1926 4

47.1 inches

1977-78

5

41.2 inches

1951 5

46.9 inches

1981-82

6

39.9 inches

1982 6

43.8 inches

1925-26

7

37.7 inches

2009 7

42.4 inches

2009-10

8

37.6 inches

1972 8

42.3 inches

1974-75

9

37.1 inches

1960 9

42.1 inches

1942-43

10

36.5 inches

1975 10

41.6 inches

1959-60

 

Top 10 Least Snowiest Years

Rank Calendar
Year Total
Year Rank Seasonal
Total
Season
1 (tie)
7.3 inches
1928 1 (tie)
7.8 inches
1965-66
1 (tie)
7.3 inches
1966 1 (tie)
7.8 inches
1994-95
3
7.8 inches
1910 3
8.5 inches
1936-37
4

9.1 inches

1922 4
9.1 inches
1920-21
5
9.2 inches
1921 5
9.5 inches
1916-17
6
9.4 inches
2001 6 (tie)
10.1 inches
1921-22
7
11.1 inches
1995 6 (tie)
10.1 inches
1948-49
8
12.0 inches
1949 8
11.1 inches
1927-28
9
12.9 inches
1923 9
11.5 inches
2011-12
10
13.1 inches
1937 10
11.7 inches
2001-02

 


Temperature and precipitation records began in 1884; snowfall records began in 1896.