As pointed out in the comments by AnalogueKid, it's been forever since Columbus hit 100°. In the quick research I could pull up, the first thing I could find was August of 2007 when Cincinnati hit 100° five days that month, but just barely. That makes me think Columbus was just a degree or two colder. Then I remembered July of 1999 when I actually moved to Ohio. Drought and heat was the name of the game that year. So officially Columbus hasn't hit 100° since July of 1999.
Right now the forecast for tomorrow is 99° in Columbus, a degree or two cooler in the outskirts. There's no doubt many weather stations will be at 100° tomorrow, so it's just a matter of whether it'll get that hot at the airport.
This heat is affecting everyone in the US, with a large ridge building in the heartland. It's possible that over 30 states will reach triple digits tomorrow.
Along with the heat we obviously have the dry conditions. I mentioned in the last post that we haven't had a whole lot of rain lately, and that'll hold true through at least the rest of the week. This will end up being a fire hazard for us, with dry vegetation and humidity very low today and tomorrow, there are Fire Weather Watches up to our west, and I expect to see that and heat advisories make their way to Columbus tomorrow.
Since the move is complete, what better time to get my weather station back online? Especially considering the record heat forecasted for tomorrow. The last time my weather station hit 100° was back on August 24th, 2008. Of course that was an unofficial temperature, but I can promise we'll get another unofficial 100° tomorrow.
Stay cool everyone.
UPDATE: 6/27, 5:42pm
As AnalogueKid posted earlier, we are now under a Heat Advisory for tomorrow and a Red Flag Warning. I've never seen one of these in Columbus either. I remember dry conditions in the past, having written about small brush fires back in October of 2010, but never a Red Flag Warning.
The forecast now shows 100° forecasted for tomorrow, which should easily be surpassed.
There's no doubt we will see fires tomorrow. It's just a matter of how many.
Severe Weather Stats:
Severe Thunderstorm Watches: 2
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings: 6
Tornado Watches: 3
Tornado Warnings: 0
Flood Watches: 2
Flood Warnings: 1
Heat Advisories: 0
Excessive Heat Warnings: 0