August 3rd, 2011 - The Day No One Beat The Heat
The heat won fair and square that day. Little Rock's all-time hottest temperature of 112° set in 1986 went down in flames that horrible August afternoon.
I logged into the National Weather Service chat room (Communication between media, emergency management, and the NWS) and watched Meteorologist John Robinson update the temperature at the Little Rock airport. Each line on the chat, my jaw dropped bit by bit. First we broke the 110° mark, then 111°, then 112°, then we reached the 114° record at 2:40 that afternoon and the humidity levels tanked. It was a classic lesson about the relationship between heat and humidity. When moisture is removed from the air and it dries out, the actual air temperature increases. When moisture is added to the air, it prevents the temperatures from sky rocketing. However, that moisture makes the "feels like" temperature outrageously high!
BELOW ARE TEMPERATURES AT LITTLE ROCK FOR AUGUST 2011. AFTER THE 8TH, THE HEAT BROKE.