Southwest Oklahoma communities break heat records

Grandfield, Altus and Hollis have had 84 or more days of triple-digit temperatures this year.
Oklahoman Published: August 25, 2011
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Communities break heat records

Three communities in southwest Oklahoma have now had 84 or more triple-digit temperature days this year, and all three had hit the 100-degree mark by noon Wednesday.

Grandfield, now with 89 days of 100 degrees or above temperatures, continues to add to its state record as the city with the most-ever triple digit temperatures in one year.

Altus, with 87 days, now has the second-most such days on record for Oklahoma.

And Hollis is now in fourth place, with 84 days of 100 degrees or above temperatures this year. In two more days, Hollis would beat the third-place state record set in 1956.

Here's a historical look at the number of triple-digit temperature days in a calendar year in the state, according to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey:

Grandfield: 89 days in 2011.

Altus: 87 days in 2011.

Hollis: 86 days in 1956.

Hollis: 84 days in 2011.

• Healdton: 83 days in 1980.

Walters: 83 days in 1998.

Chattanooga: 82 days in 1998.

Woodward: 81 days in 1896.

Hollis: 81 days in 1952.

Hollis: 81 days in 1939.

Frederick: 81 days in 1954.

Bryan Painter, Staff Writer