Actually, two new records; one for high one for low. This from earlier:
RECORD EVENT REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL 132 AM CDT WED JUL 30 2014 ...RECORD HIGH MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE TIED AT HUNTSVILLE... A RECORD HIGH MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 81 DEGREES WAS TIED AT HUNTSVILLE ON TUESDAY (7-29-14). THIS TIES THE OLD RECORD OF 81 SET IN 2006.
Actually, they have the wording backwards, it is supposed to be record low maximum. Obviously 81 degrees is not that warm for July in Alabama. They’ll probably issue a correction later. The NWS predicted the new record low earlier with this graphic:
Now the record has been broken according to the latest data from KHSV:
The temperature at Huntsville International Airport dropped to
57 degrees as of 4:53 a.m. 56 degrees.
The previous record for the date was 60 degrees set back in 1914.
UPDATE: 8AM PDT
The record DID go lower, to 56F, and I’ve updated the post.
RECORD EVENT REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL 725 AM CDT WED JUL 30 2014 ...NEW RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE AT HUNTSVILLE... NEW RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE OF 56 DEGREES WAS SET AT HUNTSVILLE. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 60 BACK IN 1914.
Dr. John Christy writes in with:
A bigger story is the Montgomery low of 59F – tying the all time monthly record low for July set on 20 July 2009 from records that go back to the 1880s.