Hot spell sets record


First Posted: 2/11/2009

The unseasonably warm weather experienced in this area in recent days not only has proven enjoyable for residents, its been a record-setter as well.
When the mercury hit 69 degrees on Monday, it broke the previous high-temperature record for Feb. 9 which had been set 61 years before, in 1938, when a reading of 68 was noted.
Sixty-nine was the high temperature in Mount Airy for three straight days from Sunday through Tuesday, according to statistics from the F.G. Doggett Water Plant, the citys official weather-monitoring station.
However, only the reading Monday was a record-breaker.
The all-time high for Sundays date, Feb. 8, was established in 1925, when a 72-degree reading occurred. That was just one year after Mount Airy began maintaining weather records.
Tuesdays high of 69 also failed to break a record here, although it came close to the all-time mark set in 1938 of 72.
Wednesdays high, also in the 60s, did not approach the sweltering 80 degrees that was logged here on Feb. 11, 1932.
February can bring a mixed bag of weather extremes based on figures from the water plant. For example, while the record high for Feb. 9 is now 69 thanks to Mondays reading, the all-time-low on that date in Mount Airy was 6 degrees, established in 1995.

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