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Despite rainy summer, and a cold start to the year, 2018 makes top 10 warmest years on record in Lafayette

Posted at 11:29 PM, Jan 02, 2019

Lafayette’s 2018 temperatures reached the top ten warmest on record going back to 1893. This was despite rainy summer, and a cold start to the year.

After crunching the December 2018 data this evening and found that this December was 2 degrees above normal and 2.5 degrees warmer than last year.

Rainfall in Lafayette for the year was near 55.52″, 91% of the normal of 61.20″.

It seemed like a pretty normal year, until examining the year total numbers…

The real kicker, was where 2018 fell temperature-wise…and without a major heat wave, but with the absence of tropical systems, and with active daily storms especially later in the summer (helping to suppress our high temperatures), 2018 still lurched into the top 10 warmest years on record utilizing the “mean” temperature (average of highs and lows)…

Consistently, our overnight lows are getting warmer and warmer, in line with global and oceanic temperature increases observed in the last 10-20 years.

In fact, since 2006, in over just a 13 year period, we have registered 6 of the 10 top hottest years…a trend indeed!