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Mail Tribune 100, July 3, 1922

News from 100 years ago
The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

July 3, 1922

MERCURY CLIMBS TO 108, NEAR TO HIGH HEAT MARK

The unusual and excessive heat for Medford yesterday with a maximum of 108 degrees reached in early afternoon, came within one degree of equaling the Medford heat record in the history of the local weather bureau of 109 degrees, which was chronicled August 13th, 1920.

“But that ‘ain’t nothin’,” as the leading comedian is wont to sing in an Elk’s minstrel show, for the prediction wired here this afternoon by the San Francisco weather bureau is “fair and warmer weather.” This forecast, coming at a time when the sky was overcast with what seemed like coming rain clouds, promising welcome relief from the heat of the past few days, came near taking the remaining stamina out of many Medfordites, who found it too warm to sleep last night. It also give a not overly joyful outlook to the Fourth of July outings and celebrations of tomorrow.

The temperature did not fall below 60 degrees during the night and morning, and that figure, which is today’s minimum, was not reached until 5 a.m. Unless the temperature is much less than that of last night many Medford people plan to sleep on porches or in their yards tonight. Between 3 and 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon the official temperature was 104 degrees. Many thermometers at homes or in the business streets yesterday recorded from two to six degrees higher than the official maximum of 108 degrees, according to their location and worth.

Rain clouds still hung over the valley this afternoon indicating a possible storm, despite the weather bureau prediction.

EXCEPTIONAL HEAT MARKED JUNE, .56 INCHES OF RAIN

The weather for June was unusually warm and its hottest day with 103 degrees maximum on the 25th was the highest June maximum of any day for four or five years past. The mean maximum for the month was 86.1, the mean minimum 49.1, the mean 67.6, and the minimum of 42 was reached on June 10th and 15th.

The June rainfall amounted to .56 of an inch. There were three days with .01 or more of precipitation, fourteen days were clear, five partly cloudy and 11 days were cloudy.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com