May 31, 2010—Intense heat scorched the land after marked changes in temperature in several places around the world.
A number of people experienced change of temperature from its common coldness despite the low 22 degrees record temperature during nighttime.
According to the some Meteorologist, May is one of the hottest summers of the year but not to the extent that people would experience a very low temperature which has reached its first minimum temperature to dip down 20 degrees for the year. This is one of the most telling signs that dry season is fast approaching.
However, in Crawford County, the effect of these conditions begins to appear in the mid year, during September. Just recently, the amount of rainfall is only 1.06 inches for the month compared to the previous year which is about 4.18 inches, while the average daytime increases up to 82.4 compared to the last year’s 77.5. degrees.
The month of September is one of the driest in the year between the heats. Sometimes windy days and have no rainfalls, field dries up and burn crops within the county. Many lost their livelihood since crops are their primary resources.
According to the Weather Observer of the Official Crawford County Mr. Ron Brock, the previous year’s highest temperature was only 83 degrees. However, it has increased into its hottest 95 degrees as of this month as reported last September 21, 2010.This is the highest temperature this year and the last since the temperature reached into 90 degrees more than five times from its common temperature of 80s just last month.
Reporter said that the average overnight of this year is about 56.5 degrees which is slightly lower than the last year 56.6 degrees. The temperature drops to 50s to 60s degrees eleven times during September. Meanwhile, the coolest temperature in the previous and the present year reported for was about 42 degrees.
The hottest season that has been recorded is 107 degrees and it happens on September 2, 1953 while the first ever coldest temperature happens during the month is about 26degrees last Sept. 28, 1942.
The 4.18 inches rainfall reported last year was the total rainfall experienced in the area while the heaviest rain drops down into 2.18 inches in Palestine last September 20, while only 1.06 inches fell the county during this year.