This report describes the historical weather record at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (Dallas & Fort Worth, Texas, United States) during 1982. This station has records back to May 1953.
Dallas & Fort Worth, Texas 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 (72%), built-up areas (23%), and lakes and rivers (4%)
Daylight saving time (DST) was observed at Dallas & Fort Worth, Texas during 1982. There were two time changes during 1982:
1982 was not a leap year, so it has 365 days and no February 29th. The first leap year before 1982 was 1980 and the first after was 1984.
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 1982 they occurred on:
|Spring Equinox||Saturday, 20 March 1982.|
|Summer Solstice||Monday, 21 June 1982.|
|Fall Equinox||Thursday, 23 September 1982.|
|Winter Solstice||Wednesday, 22 December 1982.|
The hottest day of 1982 was August 6, with a high temperature of 103°F. For reference, on that day the average high temperature is 96°F and the high temperature exceeds 102°F only one day in ten. The hottest month of 1982 was August with an average daily high temperature of 97°F.
Relative to the average, the hottest day was February 22. The high temperature that day was 87°F, compared to the average of 63°F, a difference of 24°F. In relative terms the warmest month was August, with an average high temperature of 97°F, compared to an typical value of 95°F.
The longest warm spell was from March 8 to March 21, constituting 14 consecutive days with warmer than average high temperatures. The month of August had the largest fraction of warmer than average days with 71% days with higher than average high temperatures.
The coldest day of 1982 was January 11, with a low temperature of 7°F. For reference, on that day the average low temperature is 35°F and the low temperature drops below 23°F only one day in ten. The coldest month of 1982 was January with an average daily low temperature of 33°F.
Relative to the average, the coldest day was January 11. The low temperature that day was 7°F, compared to the average of 35°F, a difference of 28°F. In relative terms the coldest month was February, with an average low temperature of 35°F, compared to an typical value of 40°F.
The longest cold spell was from June 16 to June 30, constituting 15 consecutive days with cooler than average low temperatures. The month of April had the largest fraction of cooler than average days with 73% days with lower than average low temperatures.
The clearest month of 1982 was August, with 52% of days being more clear than cloudy. The longest spell of clear weather was from July 15 to July 23, constituting 9 consecutive days that were clearer than they were cloudy.
The cloudiest month of 1982 was March, with 77% of days being more cloudy than clear. The longest spell of cloudy weather was from March 23 to April 3, constituting 12 consecutive days that were cloudier than they were clear.
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.
The day with the largest quantity of precipitation was May 12. That day saw 2.555" of liquid (or liquid equivalent) precipitation, compared to a median value of 0.259". The month with the most precipitation was May, with 12.295", compared to a median value of 4.965".
As determined by quantitative measurements, the longest dry spell was from July 12 to July 30, constituting 19 consecutive days with no measured precipitation. The month with the largest fraction of dry days was July, with 87% of days reporting no measured precipitation at all.
The month with the largest fraction of days with at least some measured precipitation was May, with 45% of days reporting some measured precipitation.
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 1982 with the most precipitation observations was December 10. There were 22 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 May, with 79 hourly present weather reports involving some form of precipitation.
As determined by the present weather reports, the longest dry spell was from February 10 to February 25, constituting 16 consecutive days with no observed precipitation. The month with the largest fraction of days without observed precipitation was August, with 84% of days reporting no observed precipitation at all.
The month with the largest fraction of days with at least some observed precipitation was May, with 58% of days reporting some observed precipitation.
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 1982 with the largest number of those reports was May, with a total of 79 reports. The day with the largest number of those reports was December 10, with a total of 22 reports.
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.
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 1982 was on December 11; the last was on February 26. The month of 1982 with the largest number of those reports was February, with a total of 19 reports. The day with the largest number of those reports was February 26, with a total of 7 reports.
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 1982 was September with an average daily low humidity of 32%, and the most humid month was May with an average daily low humidity of 55%.
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.
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 1982, January had 20 dry days, 11 comfortable days, and no humid days; April had 8 dry days, 16 comfortable days, and 6 humid days; July had no dry days, no comfortable days, and 31 humid days; and October had 11 dry days, 16 comfortable days, and 4 humid days.
The highest sustained wind speed was 35 mph, occurring on March 19; the highest daily mean wind speed was 23 mph (January 10); and the highest wind gust speed was 57 mph (April 28).
The windiest month was January, with an average wind speed of 13 mph. The least windy month was July, with an average wind speed of 10 mph.
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 1982 with the lowest average visibility was November 17, with an average visibility of 2.2 mi. The month with the lowest average visibility was February, with an average visibility of 9.5 mi. With an average visibility of 11.5 mi, the month of October had the highest average visibility.
The cloud ceiling is the altitude of the lowest layer of clouds that are at categorized as broken (mostly cloudy) or overcast (cloudy). If no such cloud layer exists then the ceiling is unlimited and no value is reported.
The day of 1982 with the lowest average cloud ceiling was December 10, with an average cloud ceiling of 562'. The month with the lowest average cloud ceiling was May, with an average cloud ceiling of 7759'. The month of July has the highest average cloud ceiling, with an average cloud ceiling of 17301'.