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DFW RECORDS ITS EARLIEST FIRST FREEZE SINCE 1992

Saturday, November 10th, 2018 2:56pm CST

DFW Airport officially reached the freezing mark for the first time this season (11/10/2018 – 32°F). This is the earliest first freeze on record since November 5, 1992 (31°F), 26 years ago. The average first freeze for a given cold season is about November 22nd. On November 14, 2014 (31°F) was the last earliest first freeze of recent record.

FIRST FREEZE OF THE SEASON LIKELY FOR AREAS NORTH OF I-20 TONIGHT, THEN EVERYONE TUESDAY MORNING

Friday, November 9th, 2018 3:59pm CST

A cold, modified Arctic airmass has surged into the DFW area today. A strong surface anti-cyclone pushing south will decouple winds this evening promoting dry and cold air advection into the region. This will set the stage for temperatures to plummet to the upper 20s and lower 30s by Saturday morning. DFW Weather is officially forecasting a low of 32°F at DFW Airport with temperatures north falling into possibly the upper 20s. The heart of Dallas and the Metroplex, along with areas South of I-20, may hang up in the 33°F to 35°F range. Currently, Wise, Collin, Denton, and Parker counties are under a Freeze Warning. Should DFW Airport fall to freezing tonight or Tuesday morning, it is still several days ahead of the average first freeze which is November 22nd, but not anything record breaking. The earliest first freeze on record is October 27, 1957 (29°F). However, it would be the earliest freeze since 2014 (November 12th – 31°F).

An even stronger surge of Arctic air is expected to arrive Sunday night bringing with it a shot at rain and a cold, raw day on Monday. The latest data (as of Friday afternoon) is indicating that temperatures may not get out of the 30s on Monday with most everyone falling into the 20s by Tuesday morning. This will set the stage for possibly a hard, killing freeze (at or below 28°F). Some of the data indicates that the rain on Monday may become mixed with snow, especially north and west of the DFW Metroplex. For now, we are just forecasting a cold rain and will continue to evaluate the latest data. If the models continue to trend colder, then this could be a real possibility. Residents of DFW are reminded this is a good time to winterize your homes and cover, or move indoors, sensitive plants susceptible to the cold. Please stay alert to possible changes to the forecast over the coming days.

WE FALL BACK ONE HOUR THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2018

Monday, October 29th, 2018 9:05am CST

Just a reminder that we fall back one hour at 2:00 am, Sunday, November 4, 2018. Central Daylight-Savings Time (CDT) ends and we begin Central Standard Time (CST). Remember to set your clocks back one hour.

OCTOBER 2018 THE WETTEST OCTOBER ON RECORD FOR DFW

Thursday, October 25th, 2018 9:15am CST

Out of 120 years of weather records, it is official that with yesterday’s 2.21 inches of rain, October 2018 is the wettest October on record for DFW. Officially, we have received 14.51 inches of rain so far this month. This breaks the prior record of 14.18 inches set in 1981. This makes 3 months total in 2018 of breaking the all time monthly records for rainfall, February, September, and October. That is truly an exceptional statistic! In addition, 2018 is shaping up to be one of the wettest year’s on record. Through today October 25, 2018, we are ranking 7th wettest year on record with an accumulated total of 49.41 inches of rainfall. Below are the wettest Octobers and wettest years on record:

Wettest Octobers on Record

  1. 2018 – 14.51 inches
  2. 1981 – 14.18 inches
  3. 2015 – 9.82 inches
  4. 1919 – 9.44 inches
  5. 1991 – 9.32 inches

Wettest Years on Record through October 25, 2018

  1. 2015 – 62.61 inches
  2. 1991 – 53.54 inches
  3. 1932 – 51.03 inches
  4. 1973 – 50.62 inches
  5. 1957 – 50.49 inches

MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2018: RECORD COLD TEMPERATURES AND RECORD RAINFALL AT DFW

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 9:30am CST

Monday, October 15, 2018:         Low: 41°F             High: 49°F            Rain: 2.93 in

DFW set a new record low temperature of 41°F. The previous record was 42°F set in 1922. This is the first record low at DFW since July 2014.

DFW also set a record low maximum temperature of 49°F. The previous record was 60°F set in 1923. This is the earliest ever recorded of a high temperature remaining below 50°F. The previous earliest record of temperatures this cold was October 22, 1936.

DFW also set a daily record rainfall of 2.93 inches. The previous record was 1.93 inches set in 2007.

RAIN RECORDS SHATTERED OVER WEEKEND – SEPTEMBER 2018 WETTEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD FOR DFW

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 8:09am CST

The rain records were shattered with this past weekend’s rain event. On September 21, 2018, DFW picked up 5.85 inches of rain, just shy of the record of 6.38 inches of rain set in 1900 on that date. We picked up an additional 2.31 inches of rain on September 22, 2018 shattering the old record of 1.47 inches of rain set in 1914. The 24-hour period between 8pm and noon September 21-22, 2018 was the greatest 24-hour precipitation ever recorded for September at DFW with a torrential 8.16 inches. This breaks the old record of 7.74 inches set in 1932 for the month.  This brings the month of September 2018 to a whopping 11.49 inches of accumulated rain. This shatters the old record of 10.82 inches of rain set in 1932 for the month of September. The average annual rainfall for September at DFW is 2.55 inches, thus we are well above normal for the month. Through the end of September, DFW should average 26.66 inches of rainfall for the year. We are currently sitting at 33.70 inches, a good 7 inches above normal for the year. We are just 3 inches shy of reaching our annual average rainfall of 36.16 inches.

SURPRISE – DFW BREAKS ANOTHER HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORD YESTERDAY

Monday, July 23rd, 2018 9:48am CST

The record high of 106°F set in 1974 for yesterday, July 22nd was broken at DFW Airport. The high temperature recorded for yesterday was 109°F. Temperatures today will not be near as hot as they have been the last several days, but will still be hot. Expect temperatures to hover in the low 100s over the next week before a stronger cold front arrives next Sunday/Monday brining our temperatures back to more seasonal levels in the mid 90s (or possibly cooler, depending on cloud cover and rain chances). Normal high temperature for this time of year is 97°F.

YET ANOTHER HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORD BROKEN AT DFW AIRPORT

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 10:33am CST

DFW Airport set another record high temperature yesterday, July 21, 2018. The high was 109°F breaking the old record of 107°F set in 2012. The record breaking heat wave continues today with forecasted high temperatures climbing as high as 108°F to 110°F once again which will easily break the record of 106°F set in 1974.

ANOTHER RECORD HIGH SET AT DFW

Saturday, July 21st, 2018 9:17am CST

The temperature yesterday, July 20, reached 108°F at DFW Airport. This breaks the old record of 105°F set in 2012 (and 2000). The incredible, record breaking heat wave will continue today with likely another daily record being broken. Today’s record is 107°F set in 2012. Forecasted highs today are expected to be in 110°F to 115°F range. There is a chance the all-time hottest temperature record at DFW could be challenged (113°F set on June 26 and 27, 1980). We have an incredible ridge in place pushing nearly 600 dm, record H85 temps of 30°C, and a front pushing south forcing our winds to be westerly/southwesterly (which is a hot downsloping flow for us) and aiding in compressional warming. This is the setup to really get us HOT. Again, if you must be outdoors please take extra precautions to avoid heat related illnesses, such as drinking plenty of non-alcoholic fluids to stay hydrated, and taking frequent breaks in an air conditioned environment. It cannot be stressed enough how incredibly dangerous this type of heat can be.

RECORD HIGH SET AT DFW YESTERDAY, LIKELY ANOTHER ONE TODAY. ALL TIME RECORD HIGH IN JEOPARDY TOMORROW

Friday, July 20th, 2018 9:03am CST

Yesterday, DFW Airport set a record high temperature of 108°F. This breaks the old record of 107°F set in 1925. DFW will likely set another record high today as the record of 105°F set in 2012 will easily be broken with forecast values near 110°F.

A front will be pressing south placing North Texas in compressional warming tomorrow with a west/southwest component to the wind. Combine with near record H85 temps of 30°C and a high pressure ridge approaching 600 dm, may allow for temperatures to get out of control. The all-time record high of 113°F (hottest ever recorded) set on June 26th and 27th, 1980 could be in jeopardy with this type of setup.