When people typically think of record temperatures, what first comes to mind is usually record high or low temperatures but on Tuesday Syracuse achieved a different kind of temperature record.
The highest number of 70+ degree days in a calendar year was 150 set back in 1991, but the 152nd 70+ degree day was recorded on Wednesday pushing the new record even higher! We will continue to add to the 70+ degree day tally with more 70+ degree days ahead the rest of the week and likely into the start of the weekend too! When all is said and done with this warm stretch, we will have felt an additional 3 weeks of 70+ degree weather compared to normal!
The average number of 70+ degree days in a year is 135, while 91 was the lowest number recorded back in 1924.
Another interesting stat is that we achieved the greatest number of 70+ degree days in 2021 with only two record highs this summer back in early June and only the 13th most 80+ degree days (80 days) and 11th most 90+ degree days (18 days).
One thing we could say about much of the summer and first part of the fall is that it has been consistently warm, above normal, by day and night. This is why we have felt warmer than average months since the start of 2021 with the exception of February!