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May 15, 2013

Cool Streak Snapped

CLINTON — It didn’t take long for the Gateway-area to bust out of a recent cool streak that extended through the weekend.

In fact, the swing temperature was record-breaking.

Tuesday’s high of 93 degrees broke a record high from 1932. The temperature came in stark contrast to what Clinton-area residents felt Monday.

The area tied a record low Monday morning at 33 degrees. In a little more than 24 hours, temperatures increased by 60 degrees.

That is rare, even for irregular spring temperatures, Jim Blaess, official weather observer for the National Weather Service, said.

“I don’t remember that ever happening,” Blaess said. “In the spring time, I suppose it can happen, but you don’t see these swings all the time.”

Tuesday’s heat wave also registered the year’s hottest temperature. Temperatures in the 90s aren’t guaranteed in May, but it’s not unusual. What’s even more unusual is last year’s heat streak.

Last year, the area experienced three days of 90 degree or hotter temperatures in May.

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