Historical Weather For 1972 in Oklahoma City, USA

Location

This report describes the historical weather record at the Will Rogers World Airport (Oklahoma City, United States) during 1972. This station has records back to December 1947.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma has a warm humid temperate climate with hot summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by grasslands (78%), croplands (13%), and built-up areas (7%)

Calendar

Daylight saving time (DST) was observed at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma during 1972. There were two time changes during 1972:

  • DST started on Sunday April 30, 1972 at 3:00 am, from CST (GMT-6) to CDT (GMT-5).
  • DST ended on Sunday October 29, 1972 at 1:00 am, from CDT (GMT-5) to CST (GMT-6).

1972 was a leap year and thus has 366 days rather than the normal 365. Leap years occur every fourth year and the extra day is always February 29th. In 1972 February 29th falls on a Tuesday.

The summer and winter solstices and the spring and fall equinoxes mark the passing of the seasons. They fall on nearly the same day each year, with differences of a day or two depending on the year. In 1972 they occurred on:

Spring Equinox Monday, 20 March 1972.
Summer Solstice Wednesday, 21 June 1972.
Fall Equinox Friday, 22 September 1972.
Winter Solstice Thursday, 21 December 1972.

Temperature

The hottest day of 1972 was June 27, with a high temperature of 101°F. For reference, on that day the average high temperature is 90°F and the high temperature exceeds 97°F only one day in ten. The hottest month of 1972 was August with an average daily high temperature of 91°F.

Relative to the average, the hottest day was April 12. The high temperature that day was 98°F, compared to the average of 71°F, a difference of 27°F. In relative terms the warmest month was April, with an average high temperature of 75°F, compared to an typical value of 71°F.

The longest warm spell was from May 15 to May 29, constituting 15 consecutive days with warmer than average high temperatures. The month of June had the largest fraction of warmer than average days with 80% days with higher than average high temperatures.

Temperature

The daily low (blue) and high (red) temperature during 1972 with the area between them shaded gray and superimposed over the corresponding averages (thick lines), and with percentile bands (inner band from 25th to 75th percentile, outer band from 10th to 90th percentile). The bar at the top of the graph is red where both the daily high and low are above average, blue where they are both below average, and white otherwise.

The coldest day of 1972 was January 15, with a low temperature of 1°F. For reference, on that day the average low temperature is 27°F and the low temperature drops below 15°F only one day in ten. The coldest month of 1972 was January with an average daily low temperature of 25°F.

Relative to the average, the coldest day was January 15. The low temperature that day was 1°F, compared to the average of 27°F, a difference of 26°F. In relative terms the coldest month was December, with an average low temperature of 26°F, compared to an typical value of 30°F.

The longest cold spell was from December 3 to December 18, constituting 16 consecutive days with cooler than average low temperatures. The month of November had the largest fraction of cooler than average days with 83% days with lower than average low temperatures.

Hourly Temperature Bands

The full year of hourly temperature reports with the days of the year on the horizontal and the hours of the day on the vertical. The hourly temperature measurement is color coded into meaningful temperature bands: frigid is purple (below 15°F), freezing is blue (15°F to 32°F), cold is dark green (32°F to 50°F), cool is light green (50°F to 65°F), comfortable is yellow (65°F to 75°F), warm is light red (75°F to 85°F), hot is medium red (85°F to 100°F), sweltering is dark red (above 100°F), and missing data is pink.

Clouds

The clearest month of 1972 was March, with 71% of days being more clear than cloudy. The longest spell of clear weather was from May 30 to June 8, constituting 10 consecutive days that were clearer than they were cloudy.

Cloud Coverage

The fraction of time spent in each of the five sky cover categories over the course of 1972 on a daily basis. From top (most blue) to bottom (most gray), the categories are clear, mostly clear, partly cloudy, mostly cloudy, and overcast. Pink indicates missing data. Outside of the United States clear skies are often reported ambiguously, leading them to be lumped in with the missing data. The bar at the top of the graph is gray if the sky was cloudy or mostly cloudy for more than half the day, blue if it is clear or mostly clear for more than half the day, and blue-gray otherwise.

The cloudiest month of 1972 was November, with 47% of days being more cloudy than clear. The longest spell of cloudy weather was from November 12 to November 22, constituting 11 consecutive days that were cloudier than they were clear.

Hourly Cloud Coverage

The full year of hourly cloud coverage reports with the days of the year on the horizontal and the hours of the day on the vertical. The sky cover is color coded: from most blue to most gray, the categories are clear, mostly clear, partly cloudy, mostly cloudy, and overcast. Pink indicates missing data. Outside of the United States clear skies are often reported ambiguously, leading them to be lumped in with the missing data.

Precipitation

This station reports both the quantity of liquid precipitation and categorical observations of precipitation (e.g., moderate rain, or heavy snow). Both are subject to erroneous reports, but the former is particularly prone to false reports, especially ones indicating an excessive quantity of precipitation. Please bear this in mind when reading the extrema reported in this section.

Liquid Equivalent Quantity

The day with the largest quantity of precipitation was July 2. That day saw 1.280" of liquid (or liquid equivalent) precipitation, compared to a median value of 0.192". The month with the most precipitation was October, with 2.850", compared to a median value of 1.872".

As determined by quantitative measurements, the longest dry spell was from February 12 to March 20, constituting 38 consecutive days with no measured precipitation. The month with the largest fraction of dry days was July, with 97% of days reporting no measured precipitation at all.

The month with the largest fraction of days with at least some measured precipitation was April, with 23% of days reporting some measured precipitation.

Precipitation Quantity

The daily measured quantity of liquid (or liquid equivalent in the case of solid precipitation) precipitation over the course of 1972, with the median non-zero quantity (thick gray line) and 10th, 25th, 75th, and 90th non-zero percentiles (shaded areas). The bar at the top of the graph is green if any precipitation was measured that day and white otherwise.

Present Weather Reports

This station reports when significant weather events (including precipitation) are visually observed at or near the station. Such events do not always correspond to measured quantities of liquid equivalent precipitation, such as when the event is near by not at the station, or in the case of solid precipitation that does not melt in the collection basin.

The day in 1972 with the most precipitation observations was October 31. There were 8 hourly weather reports that day (out of a maximum of 24) in which some form of precipitation was observated at or near the station. The month with the most precipitation observations was October, with 37 hourly present weather reports involving some form of precipitation.

Precipitation Reports

The daily number of hourly observed precipitation reports during 1972, color coded according to precipitation type, and stacked in order of severity. From the bottom up, the categories are thunderstorms (orange); heavy, moderate, and light snow (dark to light blue); heavy, moderate, and light rain (dark to light green); and drizzle (lightest green). Not all categories are necessarily present in this particular graph. The faint shaded areas indicate climate normals. The bar at the top of the graph is green if any precipitation was observed that day and white otherwise.

As determined by the present weather reports, the longest dry spell was from February 25 to March 20, constituting 25 consecutive days with no observed precipitation. The month with the largest fraction of days without observed precipitation was March, with 90% of days reporting no observed precipitation at all.

The month with the largest fraction of days with at least some observed precipitation was November, with 37% of days reporting some observed precipitation.

Hourly Weather Reports

The full year of hourly present weather reports with the days of the year on the horizontal and the hours of the day on the vertical. The color-coded categories are thunderstorms (orange); heavy, moderate, and light snow (dark to light blue); heavy, moderate, and light rain (dark to light green); drizzle (lightest green); freezing rain and sleet (light and dark cyan); snow grains (lightest blue); hail (red); fog (gray); and haze (brownish gray).

Liquid Precipitation Reports

In this section we consider only those weather reports that indicate liquid precipitation. For the purposes of this analysis, we include thunderstorms even though some thunderstorms are not accompanied by liquid precipitation.

The month of 1972 with the largest number of those reports was October, with a total of 37 reports. The day with the largest number of those reports was October 31, with a total of 8 reports.

Liquid Precipitation Reports

The daily number of hourly observed liquid precipitation reports (including thunderstorms) during 1972, with climate normals (faint shaded areas). The bar at the top of the graph is green if any liquid precipitation was observed that day and white otherwise.

Snow

This station reports when snow is observed falling but does not report the quantity of snow that has fallen or the depth of snow on the ground.

Reports

In this section we consider hourly weather reports that contain an observation of falling snow. These reports do not necessarily correspond to accumulation.

The first reported snow fall in 1972 was on November 18; the last was on February 12. The month of 1972 with the largest number of those reports was January, with a total of 14 reports. The day with the largest number of those reports was January 4, with a total of 5 reports.

Snow Reports

The daily number of hourly observed snow reports during 1972, with climate normals (faint shaded areas). The bar at the top of the graph is blue if there was snow fall observed that day and white otherwise.

Humidity

Humidity is an important factor in determining how weather conditions feel to a person experiencing them. Hot and humid days feel even hotter than hot and dry days because the high level of water content in humid air discourages the evaporation of sweat from a person's skin.

When reading the graph below, keep in mind that the hottest part of the day tends to be the least humid, so the daily low (brown) traces are more relevant for understanding daytime comfort than the daily high (blue) traces, which typically occur during the night. Applying that observation, the least humid month of 1972 was March with an average daily low humidity of 36%, and the most humid month was December with an average daily low humidity of 57%.

But it is important to keep in mind that humidity does not tell the whole picture and the dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find a given set of weather conditions. Please see the next section for continued discussion of this point.

Humidity

The daily low (brown) and high (blue) relative humidity during 1972 with the area between them shaded gray and superimposed over the corresponding averages (thick lines), and with percentile bands (inner band from 25th to 75th percentile, outer band from 10th to 90th percentile).

Dew Point

Dew point is the temperature below which water vapor will condense into liquid water. It is therefore also related to the rate of evaporation of liquid water. Since the evaporation of sweat is an important cooling mechanism for the human body, the dew point is an important measurement for understanding how dry, comfortable, or humid a given set of weather conditions will feel.

Generally speaking, dew points below 50°F will feel a bit dry to some people, but comfortable to people accustomed to dry conditions; dew points from 50°F to 68°F are fairly comfortable to most people, and dew points above 68°F are increasingly uncomfortable, becoming oppressive around 77°F.

To take some examples, and basing our categorization on the daily high dew point in 1972, January had 31 dry days, no comfortable days, and no humid days; April had 12 dry days, 18 comfortable days, and no humid days; July had no dry days, 17 comfortable days, and 14 humid days; and October had 12 dry days, 19 comfortable days, and no humid days.

Dew Point

The daily low (blue) and high (red) dew point during 1972 with the area between them shaded gray and superimposed over the corresponding averages (thick lines), and with percentile bands (inner band from 25th to 75th percentile, outer band from 10th to 90th percentile).

Wind

The highest sustained wind speed was 35 mph, occurring on January 13; the highest daily mean wind speed was 25 mph (April 26);

The windiest month was March, with an average wind speed of 16 mph. The least windy month was August, with an average wind speed of 9 mph.

Wind Speed

The daily low and high wind speed (light gray area) and the maximum daily wind gust speed (tiny blue dashes).

Visibility

Visibility is the maximum distance at which a given reference object or light can be clearly discerned. In the United States, visibilities that are greater than or equal to 10 miles are typically reported as 10 miles.

The day of 1972 with the lowest average visibility was January 20, with an average visibility of 0.3 mi. The month with the lowest average visibility was October, with an average visibility of 12.9 mi. With an average visibility of 16.5 mi, the month of August had the highest average visibility.

Visibility

The daily average visibility, depicted as gray bars encroaching down from the top of the graph.

Cloud Ceiling

This station did not reliably report the cloud ceiling during 1972.