Heat Index Counts

The heat has been big news for the past few weeks as much of the country has baked under a large ridge of high pressure. While the temperatures and those records have been impressive.


I have been impressive at the Heat Index or how it feels to you and I and how that has been abnormally high. Remember I blogged about the Heat Index before and what it actually means. In this post I thought I’d look at the climatology of the Heat Index at locations that have been keeping such records since 1972. The following are all graphs of the number of hours the Heat Index value was above 100° or more at selected large cities in the Carolinas. This does include this year up through Sunday 7/24/11.

Charlotte, NC


Greensboro, NC


Raleigh, NC


Asheville, NC (Proving once again the mountains are awesome, Smile)


Greer, SC (GSP)graph8687

Columbia, SC


Charleston, SC