The Angela Fritz Epic Heatwave

On June 28, Denver was just as hot as August 8, 1878.  Angela Fritz at the Capital Weather Gang  described it as an “epic heatwave.”

Denver just tied its all-time temperature record. This heat wave is just getting started. – The Washington Post

We have been quite cool the last few weeks, but during June and July, Boulder maximum temperatures averaged 87 degrees, three degrees cooler than 1954. There were no days over 100 degrees, compared to six in 1954 – when temperatures climbed to 104 degrees twice.

For the entire United States Historical Climatology Network, there have been no all-time record highs this summer, and a well below average number of daily record maximums.

The number of days over 95 degrees has been below average, and has been trending downwards sharply for a century.

The average summer maximum temperature this year has been just above average for the past century.

Hardly an epic heatwave. It would be nice to see some accurate reporting, but that isn’t in the Washington Post playbook.

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9 Responses to The Angela Fritz Epic Heatwave

  1. gregole says:

    MSM = Innuendo; Exaggeration; Focus on Factoids; Fabrication.

  2. Colorado Wellington says:

    President Eisenhower was cunning to postpone his visit to Boulder till September 1954. That way he didn’t have to dramatically wipe his brow and make sad faces during this dedication:

    The federal government announced Dec. 12, 1949, that it had chosen Boulder as the site for a new, $4.5 million Bureau of Standards campus. Citizens raised $70,000 in private funds in 1950 to buy 203 acres below Enchanted Mesa, putting the city on the road to becoming a scientific mecca.

    “This is a familiar pattern in Boulder; its people long since grew accustomed to throwing in with each other for causes or enterprises that would help the community prosper and grow,” Laurie Paddock wrote of the effort in 1991.

    Dwight D. Eisenhower became the first (and last, for more than a half-century) sitting U.S. president to visit Boulder when he attended the dedication of the new building Sept. 14, 1954.

    “The frontier days when we could go out and discover new land — new wonders of geography and of nature — has seemed largely in the past,” Ike said. “But here, inside this building, we have a frontier possibly of even greater romantic value as well as greater material value to us than were some of the discoveries of those days.”

    Also, if he came in July he would have been forced to admit the global warming was a bigger threat than the Soviets.

  3. spike55 says:

    What does the Denver temperature station and surrounds look like ?

  4. spike55 says:

    An interesting read.

    Seems that readings may have been sparse in the recent past.

    “Weather stations are traditionally located at airports, said Byron Louis, the Weather Service’s data acquisition program manager. So when Denver International Airport replaced Stapleton more than a decade ago, the weather-forecasting equipment moved to the new airport, 18 miles east of town. “

    Anyone over there able to shed some light on this issue?

    • spike55 says:

      Note the change of location of the official weather station, “more than a decade ago”.

      That sounds like it might have been round about 2005.

      Now look when the last series of “record highs” started.

  5. Ed Bo says:

    In the 1880 census, Denver had a population of 35,000.

    Presently, the city has a population of 700,000, with 2,800,000 for the metropolitan area.

    But I’m sure that the Washington Post applied the proper correction factors for the increased urban heat island effect…

    • spike55 says:

      I was hoping someone over there would be able to track the station history and comment its placement.

      Seems it moved to Denver International Airport sometime around 2000-2003, which think would have moved it to a warmer location, further from the hills.

      The first thing I always ask when one of the “heat” records comes up is..

      “Show me the weather site and its history”

    • Colorado Wellington says:

      “But I’m sure that the Washington Post applied the proper correction factors for the increased urban heat island effect…”


      The eradication of the Klan after the 1920s decreased the albedo of Larimer Street and Downtown Denver but according to the Washington Post the KKK is roaring back and albedo is rising again (because Trump).

      Without the Klan and all the white people in Denver the city would be even hotter. No downward adjustment is necessary.

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