Share this article

print logo

Late summer surge pushing Buffalo toward its warmest September on record

The calendar clearly says it's September.

But, "South July" might be a more appropriate moniker.

At September's halftime, this month is on pace to be the second warmest September on record in Buffalo.

The average daily temperature - 70.7 degrees - trails only September 1881, when the temperature averaged 71.2 degrees.

And, those statistics are ripe to be padded over the next several days. Forecasts are showing three straight 80 degree days on deck, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures are forecast to hit the 80 degree mark the next three days.

Temperatures are forecast to hit the 80 degree mark the next three days with sunny skies. (National Weather Service)

The mercury reached the 80-degree mark for the first eight days this month - the first time that's happened in Buffalo since 1961 - and topped out at a sultry 88 degrees twice, on Sept. 5 and 8.

A warm September was just what forecasters called for last month as weather patterns suggested an enduring ridge of high pressure would prevail.

The National Weather Service 6-to-10-day outlook show above-average temperatures will continue.

610temp.new.91515

 

Only twice since 1961, have warm Buffalo Septembers cracked the Top Ten list, in 2002 and 2007, according to National Weather Service data:

Top Ten Warmest Buffalo Septembers
1 1881 71.2°
2 1961 68.6°
3 1921 67.6°
4 1900 66.9°
5 2002 66.8°
6 1959 66.8°
7 1898 66.6°
8 1931 66.4°
9 1908 66.2°
10 2007 66.1°

 

Here's how 2015's September stacks up against the 1881 and 1961:

(1.) September 1881: Avg. Hi: 78.0° / Avg. Low: 64.2° / Daily Average: 71.1° / 10 days > 80° / 29 days > 70°

(2.) September 2015*: Avg. Hi: 78.6° / Avg. Low: 62.8° / Daily Average: 70.7° / 8 days > 80° / 12 days >70°

(3.) September 1961: Avg. Hi: 79.1° / Avg. Low: 58.0° / Daily Average: 68.6° / 20 days > 80° / 24 days > 70°

* to date.

There are no comments - be the first to comment