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A RECORD-SETTING HEAT WAVE THAT STARTED 34 YEARS AGO TODAY: HENDERSONVILLE HIT 100 DEGREES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN RECORDED WEATHER HISTORY

A RECORD-SETTING HEAT WAVE THAT STARTED 34 YEARS AGO TODAY:  HENDERSONVILLE HIT 100 DEGREES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN RECORDED WEATHER HISTORY A RECORD-SETTING HEAT WAVE THAT STARTED 34 YEARS AGO TODAY: HENDERSONVILLE HIT 100 DEGREES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN RECORDED WEATHER HISTORY

HENDERSON COUNTY WEATHER RECORD WERE SET IN THE HEAT WAVE OF AUGUST 18 THROUGH 24 1983

Some of the hottest temperatures in Henderson County’s recordedw eather history occurred August 18th through the 24th in 1983.

85 degrees is the long term average high temperature for Hendersonville on those days. But on August 18 in 1983, Hendersonville set a new record high for the date of 94 degrees. The next day, August 19th, was even hotter with a new record high for the date of96 degrees.

Then, for the first time since weather records had been kept in Hendersonville dating back to the late 1800s, on the next day August 29th 1983, about 3 in the afternoon, Hendersonville set an all time record high for that date of 100 degrees. The temperatures was recorded at WHKP, Hendersonville’s official weather observation station for the National Weather Service.

Temperatures cooled off slightly the next couple of days, with highs of 99 degrees on the 21st and 96 on the 22nd.

But on the 23rd, the heat wave expanded...and Hendersonville set it’s all timed record high temperature of 101 degrees just before 4 pm that day. On duty in Broadcast House that afternoon, we noted that the plate glass windows facing Four Seasons Boulevard from our control room were too hot to touch.

94 degrees was the high temperature the next day on August 24th, and the following day, the heat wave was broken up in the usual way with a series of severe thunderstorms...and temperatures returned to more seasonal levels.

It’s worth noting too....that during that record-setting heat wave in August 1983, overnight low temperatures were not really “low” at all...but stayed in the 70s overnight, which was about 10 degrees hotter than the long term average low for Hendersonville for those days in August.

By Larry Freeman

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