By Patty Wilber
It still snows in May, it starts to rain in July, leaving baking-dry-most-hours-of-daylight June as the hottest month of the year in my neck of the southwest. Surely everyone knows this, I have have been known to pronounce, perhaps incredulously.
Except, it turns out, July is actually the hottest month. Now I feel kinda stupid.
|January||18°||42°||-19° (1949)||66° (1950)||1.2″||NA|
|February||22°||47°||-20° (1951)||69° (1986)||1.3″||NA|
|March||27°||53°||-14° (1948)||75° (1989)||1.4″||NA|
|April||34°||62°||5° (1983)||83° (1981)||1″||NA|
|May||42°||72°||20° (1967)||92° (2000)||1.1″||NA|
|June||50°||82°||31° (1953)||99° (1981)||1″||NA|
|July||54°||85°||38° (1990)||100° (1980)||3″||NA|
|August||53°||81°||38° (1968)||95° (1972)||2.9″||NA|
|September||47°||74°||21° (1999)||92° (1958)||2″||NA|
|October||37°||65°||6° (1996)||85° (1957)||1.6″||NA|
|November||27°||52°||-11° (1976)||74° (1980)||1.2″||NA|
|December||20°||44°||-21° (1990)||65° (1980)||1.3″||NA|
Never-the-less, it does rain a lot more in July, (There is data! See above!) and the thundercloud build-up in the afternoon can block the sun. Rain can cool things off. So, maybe the average LATE AFTERNOON temperature is higher in June. According to this bit of NOAA data (see below), THAT is true. The average (1981-2010) hourly temperatures on June 15th vs. July 15th at the Albuquerque International Airport (the nearest station with hourly data) shows it IS hotter in June from 6 to 8 pm. So.
This last week has been hitting high 90’s at my house (99 Tuesday. Huh–that might be a record…) and over 100 in Albuquerque, which is actually pretty rare.
At least we are not as hot as Arizona!