Record heat?

Chico has always been known for its blazing hot summers. Thanks to weatherman Anthony Watts, we’ve got some random facts for you to chew on about Chico’s weather. Oroville beats us in the tornado category, having three tornados in the past 15 years compared to our one. There are also about 17 days in the year with temperatures over 100 degrees. If that’s not enough information for you, below is a comparison of the summer months of June, July, August and September, average minimum and maximum temperatures and the average total precipitation with the period of record dating from 1906 to 2003.

June July August September

Average Max. Temperature (F) 89.7 96.4 94.8 89.5

Average Min. Temperature (F) 56.4 60.3 58.0 54.2

Average Total Precipitation (in.) 0.46 0.02 0.10 0.47

The recorded maximum temperature for the Fourth of July was 111 degrees in 1991. The recorded minimum temperature for Christmas was in 1985, when it was just 15 degrees. The hottest day in the past 97 years was on July 15, 1972, when it reached 117 degrees.