Heat Index: Comparing Dallas To Its Sister Cities

In 1977, it was hot in Dallas. Really hot. So hot, that we couldn’t believe how hot. So we decided to see how hot it was in cities situated like ours around the world. Dallas sits at a latitude of 32 47N, and the cities closest to us on the parallel are Charleston, Tijuana, Casablanca, and Nanking. Since there’s been some talk about how hot Dallas is again this summer, I thought you might like a little report.

Charleston will hit around 90 with high humidity (of course).  Tijuana is in the 80s for the rest of the week, perhaps to be heated up by occasional gunfire. Casablanca is 84 right now, and the forecast looks to be about perfect. Nanking will wander up into the high 90s early next week. So, to sum up, everywhere else is great, and Dallas is not. So at around 4 pm today, when it hits 99 degrees, you can officially start complaining.

This information, of course, took only seconds to gather. In 1977, it was a little more difficult. That year’s recap after the jump:

Meanwhile, Along the 32d Parallel…

It seemed a simple enough proposition. The premise: Dallas is experiencing unusual weather of late. What about the weather in cities around the world located on our same latitude (the bond of latitude seeming a strong one in a meteorological sense)? We spun the globe to find our sister cities and discovered these, very close to the Dallas latitude of 32 47 N: Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A.; Tijuana, Mexico; Casablanca, Morocco; and Nanking, People’s Republic of China. Okay, we thought, let’s check their weather.

Charleston (32 48 N): A call to the National Weather Service was logical. No, they said, you’ll have to contact the National Climatic Center in Asheville, North Carolina. There a Mr. Doehring was glad to offer these statistics about Charleston: It’s hotter than usual there this summer too, the mean temperature in June up by 3.3� from the average. And the winter in Charleston was cold, some 10 degrees below the usual mean in January. And they saw an inch of snow, something they almost never see in Charleston. Thank you, Mr. Doehring. Now, what about Tijuana?
Tijuana (32 29 N): “No,” said Mr. Doehring, “that’s a problem. We don’t have an official weather station there so we wouldn’t have statistics on Tijuana. How about San Diego?” No thanks, we’d find another source. Who would know about the weather in Tijuana? Ah, a Tijuana weatherman. We contacted HEWT-TV Channel 12 in Tijuana, but their weatherman wasn’t in. However, General Manager Jose Marquez was more than happy to give us these comments: “The climate here is very nice. It’s 72� today – it’s been a little cooler than the regular summer. The winds come from the southwest all the time, 3 to 10 miles per hour. We had a cold January, though, averaging 45 to 50 degrees. And it never rains in the summer.” Thank you, Mr. Marquez.

Casablanca (32 39 N): Who to turn to now? There must certainly be an agency in Washington solely reponsible for compiling and filing international weather data. U.S. Government Operator #44 sent us to the National Meteorological Center who gave us the telephone number of a Dr. Felch with the National Weather Service in Maryland who just might have the Casablanca data we were seeking. We called Dr. Felch only to find his num-ber was “not in service.” There had been mention of something called the Environ-mental Data Service, so it was back to the Government Operator where we asked for the phone number. “What agency is that under?” asked the operator. “It’s just called the Environmental Data Serv-ice,” we responded. “But what agency is it under?” “Uh, I don’t know what agency it’s under.” “Well, do you know what building it’s in?” “Never mind.” New idea; the U.S. Consulate in Casa-blanca. A call to the local operator: “I’d like to place an overseas call, please.” “Where to?” asked the operator. “Moroc-co.” “Morocco, Venezuela?” “Uh, no. Morocco, Africa.” “Oh.” The overseas connection was a barely audible one. we screamed our weather request and a Mr. Fendrick of the U.S. Consulate in Casablanca screamed back this report: “It’s much cooler than usual this summer, in Fahrenheit about 70 to 75 degrees in the day. Normally it’s about 85. The winter was cooler too, about 55 to 60 during the day. And the winter was much, much rainier than usual, flooded a lot of crops and ruined them. Then it stopped and hasn’t rained since so the crops are suffering from a drought. Otherwise, the weather is very normal.” Thank you, Mr. Fendrick.

Nanking (32 01 N): China. This would be difficult. No consulate in Nanking, so that route wouldn’t work. Who would know about the weather in China? Ah, of course. Who knows a little about everything? The CIA. We called the CIA in Washington and made our request. “I’m not sure,” said the answering voice. “Let me transfer you.” Transfer. Request. “I don’t know about that. “Let me transfer you to another office.” Transfer. Request. “1 wouldn’t have that information, but the office downstairs might. I’ll transfer you.” Transfer. Request. “No. There’s no information like that that I know of. No. We wouldn’t have that information. No.” Just like the movies. New approach: the State Department. We made our weather inquiry. We were offered a booklet called “China City Brief For Tourists.” No thanks. But they kindly offered the unlisted number of the People’s Republic Liaison Office in Washington. “Hello,” a distinctly Oriental voice answered. Ms. Chu Fu Wu listened to our question. “Ah,” Ms. Wu replied. “Nanking in summer very hot.” Is it any hotter this summer? “Usually very hot in summer.” Okay, how about the winters in Nanking? “Winter is cold.” All right. Was this past winter perhaps unusually cold for Nanking? “I don’t know. I was not there.” Thank you, Ms. Wu.


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9 responses to “Heat Index: Comparing Dallas To Its Sister Cities”

  1. DKC says:

    Not really that shocking since each city listed is located near a large body of water.

  2. Jason says:

    I will take 99 over 90 and high humidity anyday.

  3. Wes Mantooth says:

    Baghdad would probably be a better comparison than any of those other cities. Nanking, Tijuana, and Casablanca are all on or near the water and Charlotte is much closer to the mountains. None of those cities are landlocked by hundreds of miles.

    Baghdad is in the middle of flatland, hundreds of miles from blue water. Granted, it’s on the 33rd parallel, but it seems a closer match geographically than nearly any other city at this latitude. So what’s the weather there today?

    High of 109.9, 16% humidity. So at least it’s a dry heat.

  4. Puddin'Tane says:

    Word: 1980

  5. superkaty says:

    i agree with jason – charleston is NASTY hot this time of year. new orlean’s style nassshhty.

  6. Jim says:

    DKC – ditto. Weather is about more that latitude. Case in point: where would you rather live, Nice, Fr. or Buffalo, NY?

  7. BuffaloNIagara says:

    Buffalo… despite the general negative bias against this great old industrial city, the weather from spring through fall is generally glorious. Today – “Sunny, with a high near 82.” Our winters are hardy, however our unique geography and climate produces some of the finest fruit and grape growing in N. America (i.e. Lake Erie North Shore, Finger Lakes, Niagara Penninsula). How many other cities in the US can claim sport sailing, boating, beaches, and a natural wonder at thier doorstep in the summer and access to the ski slopes thirty minutes away in the winter? World class art museums, a Philharmonic orchestra, prized architecture and an Olmstead designed park system, old world enighborhoods, the mighty Niagara River and instant access to our wonderful Canadian neighbors to the north. Ultra modern Toronto (pop. 6 million) is an hour and 58 minute drive, while NYC and most of the east coast is an hour flight away. Living here is easy, if you have the right position. Its especially easy when your family is nearby. Stop bashing Jim. I have enjoyed your long hot summers. Have you tried ours?

  8. Rawlins says:

    Cairo, which is on the same global meridian as Dallas: Egypt w/desert/scorching sand) is 69/95. When it’s friggin’ hotter in Dallas than in Cairo in July you know it’s time to vote in November for Change in America.

  9. Jim says:

    Spent my youthful summers in Upstate New York, nothing to bash there. Just saying it ain’t exactly the same climate as the French Riviera. Making a different point, though you make yours fine. Makes me want to go.