- Part 1 (#11 Aurora Borealis appears in Mid-South skies, #10 MWN at the forefront of social media nowcasting, #9 Addition of key team members helps MWN expand it's presence)
- Part 2 (#8 Dual early-season accumulating snow events, #7 MemphisWeather.net debuts mobile apps, then raises the bar with StormWatch+)
- Part 3 (#6 Early April severe weather events foreshadow a busy season, #5 Severe weather season ends with one last round of storms in late May)
For the third straight winter, snowfall was prevalent in 2010-2011. Most of that snow fell in 5 events during January-February 2011. For the most part, each of the events were well-forecast and dropped "significant" snow (for the South) somewhere in the metropolitan area. A brief recap of each event follows.
|January 9-10 snowfall totals|
|January 20 snowfall totals|
|Snow cover visible on satellite Jan. 26|
February 7: While most were people were looking ahead to a much larger event due in on the 9th, a quick-hitting system dropped amounts ranging from 0.2" at Memphis Int'l to 1.8" at MWN in Bartlett.
|February 9 snowfall totals|
By the end of the the winter, Memphis Int'l had recorded 9.7" of snow for the season, 6.1" over the normal of 3.1" and the most since the winter of 1987-88. In addition, there were 6 days with measurable snowfall, the most since 1984-85. Mid-South snowfall totals for the winter are shown in the graphic below.
|Winter 2010-2011 snowfall amounts for the Mid-South|
# 3. "The Summer of '11" - third hottest Memphis summer in recorded history
The average temperature for this summer (meteorologically, June-July-August) was 84.6 degrees, which was 1.0 degree off the record summer of '80. Several daily records were broken, including the record high of 106 on August 3, which fell 2 degrees shy of the all-time heat record set on July 13 in the storied year of 1980. A few other sweltering stats about this summer: 10 daily heat records were set or tied; the average high and low in July was 95 and 77, respectively; and only 10 days during the three-month period failed to reach at least 90 for a high (five of those in mid-August). The heat started early with three records of 99 set in the first week of June and the June-July period tied 1980 for the hottest ever at 84.9 degrees. For more details on each month's climate data, click these links: June July August Besides the heat, humidity levels were also abnormally high, even by Memphis standards, for long stretches this summer. Heat indices soared above 110 and overnight lows failed to drop below 80 on several occasions, prompting Excessive Heat Warnings for the area. With two summers in a row making the top 3, we're due for a cooler summer in 2012!
This leaves only the top 2 stories remaining! What events topped one of the snowiest winters in recent memory and the third hottest summer ever? Find out tomorrow as we conclude the "Top 11 of '11!"