2022 Weather Records
January 17, 2023
2022 is in the books, and just like every year, weather records were set all over the world. Since the world is getting warmer, more heat records are being set than cold records, but there's still lots of variety to go around. Let's take a look at some of the notable records that were set in 2022.
The United Kingdom set a record for the highest temperature it its history, with a high of 40.3 °C (104.5 °F) reached in Lincolnshire on July 19th.
Australia tied its highest temperature of all time with a much hotter mark of 50.7°C (123.3 °F)
Denver had a wild day on December 21st when the temperature reached a high of 51 °F before plunging to a low of -10 °F that evening. The difference of 61° is the largest swing of all time.
The same cold front which smashed Denver came to the East Coast two days later, bringing the nation's airports to their knees. On December 23rd, New York City had a record temperature swing of 50 °F, with the low falling to just 8 °F after having reached 58 °F earlier that same day.
Denton, Texas didn't get any rain for a record 66 days between June 5th and August 9.
Seattle set a couple heat records. The normally cool Pacific Northwest city had a record 13 days of at least 90 °F, and a record 6 in a row. The high of 88 °F recorded on October 16th was a remarkable 16° higher than the previous record.
Madrid, Spain set a record for the highest temperature in its history at 40.7 °C, which is 105 °F to those of us in North America.
Montgomery, Alabama had the earliest freeze in its history when the low temperature reached 32 °F on October 19th.
Sioux City, Iowa residents probably wondered what happened to spring when the temperature plunged to 30 °F on May 22, the latest freeze in the city's history.
Quebec City equalled the coldest temperature in its history with a mark of -36.7 °C (-34 °F) on January 22nd.
Casper, Wyoming had it worse. On December 22, the mercury fell to -42 °F, the lowest temperature ever recorded in the city. This was 71° degrees lower than the high temperature from the day before.
Miami Beach set a daily record with 11" of rain on June 4th, and a monthly record with 22.7" in the month of June.
Trying to keep up, Orlando set a record of its own with 22.4" of rain in the month of September.
St. Louis, Missouri got a whopping 8.6" of rain on July 26th, the most the city has ever experienced in a single day.
Do you like atmospheric rivers? Oakland, California set a daily rainfall record with 5" on December 31st.