UHI At DFW

The number of days over 100F at DFW reported by the National Weather Service has been increasing and peaked in 2011.

DFW – 100° Day Data

But at Weatherford, which is a reasonably well sited rural station west of Fort Worth, 100 degree days peaked in 1980 and have been declining long term.

ftp://ftp.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/ghcn/daily/hcn/USC00419532.dly

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14 Responses to UHI At DFW

  1. Larry Webster says:

    Can you do Phoenix, AZ? Nature Conservancy featured this in their last magazine. Record number of days over 110 I believe.

  2. John says:

    I remember the summer of 1980 in Dallas. It was brutal and despite 2011 being hot it was certainly not as much an inferno as 1980. Go with the Weatherford station.

  3. Jerome Nathan says:

    Proof that “man” can change the climate!! Those of us who have spent summer weekends in Chicago near the lake front know that on Michigan Avenue the temperature can be quite uncomfortable but, walk to Lake Michigan – nice and cool.

    This is the argument I use all the time with my Greenie friends – temperature charts are meaningless when discussing anthropomorphic climate change. Heck, in my backyard I have three outdoor digital thermometers. One near the ground on the southeast corner of the house. One in the gazebo. And one that is on the east side of the house. Rarely do they all match…even in the dead of cold winter night.

  4. joel self says:

    Biden will see that personnel changes are made down there in Weatherford. Somebody’s not in on the gameplan.

  5. Bartr says:

    Heat island effect anyone?

  6. Conrad Ziefle says:

    We’ve known about the urban heat island effect since the 1970’s, if not before. If there is any adjustment to current temperatures, then it would be to move them downward to compensate for that. Probably a better idea would have been to establish a rural sister station for each urban station back in the 1970s, then you could have tracked the urban heat island effect over time.

  7. jimd1958 says:

    I’ve been a thermometer geek for decades. Placement is key. I’ve witnessed 15°F difference in as little as 200 yards.

  8. AV says:

    Climate alarmists make make the temperature what ever they want it be.

  9. Peter Carroll says:

    Not on this subject Tony but, the latest brain dead claim about the evils of climate change, comes from the ABC, in Australia.
    Headline; “Strawberries shrink as climate change takes its toll on popular fruit”.

  10. kzvx says:

    The stations are just 45 miles apart

  11. Ed Bo says:

    Of course, the DFW airport did not even open until 1974, and it underwent major expansion in the 1990s.

    Gee, I wonder if that could have had any effect…

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