Thursday, June 23, 2016

Historical Hoopfest Weather

Historical Hoopfest Weather

Data compiled by the National Weather Service in Spokane. All times are PDT. All data recorded at the Spokane International Airport.

June 30 & July 1, 1990

June 30          High    83
                       Low     62                     

July 1             High    82      
                       Low     55
The first Hoopfest featured nearly perfect early summer weather conditions, with the basketball played under mostly sunny skies and temperatures topping out in the lower 80s.

June 29 & 30, 1991

June 29          High    65
                       Low     52
                       Precipitation 0.37 Inches

June 30          High    69      
                       Low     50
                       Precipitation 0.07 Inches

In sharp contrast to the initial season of Hoopfest, both days of this year’s Hoopfest featured weather more typical of Bloomsday.  A thunderstorm brought heavy rainfall to the area late Friday night and early Saturday morning, leaving behind wet courts to start the day off, along with cool temperatures.  The day remained cloudy with more showers to contend with in the afternoon.   Another thunderstorm moved through Spokane Saturday night between 9 pm and midnight.  Sunday was a cloudy and cool day with a few light showers in the afternoon.  It was windy however, with a southwest wind blowing at 20 mph and gusty.

June 27 & 28, 1992

June 27          High    93
                       Low     65

June 28          High    92      
                       Low     63
                       Precipitation 0.04 Inches

After a cool and wet Hoopfest in 1991, the 1992 was just the opposite.  Hoopfest begin on Saturday morning with Spokane in the grips of an unusual June heat wave.  Just a few days before the beginning of Hoopfest Spokane set an all-time record high for the month of June when the temperature hit 101 degrees on June 23.  This hot weather pattern continued right on through the Hoopfest weekend.  Saturday was hot and sunny, though the high of 93 may have felt better to many considering the hot temperatures of the days before.  Sunday, while just about as hot, saw in increase in cloud cover ahead of a strong frontal system to end the month.  By 3 pm thunderstorms moved into the city lasting through the evening.

June 26 & 27, 1993

June 26          High    90
                       Low     55
                       Precipitation 0.04

June 27          High    69      
                       Low     52

Saturday saw hot temperatures and full sunshine ahead of a frontal system moving into the city.  Late Saturday evening thunderstorms moved through downtown.  Fortunately the rain fell overnight and by Sunday morning only high elevation clouds were observed.  Temperatures were much cooler on Sunday, down over 20 degrees from Saturday’s hot readings.
June 25 & 26, 1994

June 25          High    86
                       Low     45
                       Precipitation Trace

June 26          High    65
                       Low     49
                       Precipitation 0.25 Inches

The 1994 edition of Hoopfest saw weather conditions quite similar to the preceding year.  Saturday was a warm and sunny day with almost no wind.  A frontal system brought widespread showers to the city early Sunday morning.  Fortunately most of the precipitation ended by 5 am.  Sunday was a cool, cloudy and very windy final day of Hoopfest.  Winds blew from the southwest at 20 to 25 mph with gusts over 30 mph.

June 24 & 25, 1995

June 23          High    80
                       Low     51

June 24          High    85      
                       Low     54

Uneventful weather marked this year’s Hoopfest, with cool mornings and warm afternoons under light winds and almost full sunshine.
June 29 & 30, 1996

June 29          High    72
                       Low     44

June 30          High    80      
                       Low     49

Similar to last year’s Hoopfest, but with cooler temperatures.  Both days were played under full sunshine.  Many would call this the perfect Hoopfest weather weekend.
June 28 & 29, 1997

June 28          High    78
                       Low     44
                       Precipitation 0.01

June 29          High    68       
                       Low     52
                       Precipitation Trace

Another sunny Hoopfest day on Saturday with temperatures right at average that afternoon.  Increasing clouds Saturday night with a brief shower near midnight.  Cooler on Sunday under cloudy skies and southwest winds 10 to 20 mph.

June 27 & 28, 1998

June 27          High    73
                       Low     47

June 28          High    82      
                       Low     48

Partly cloudy and cool on Saturday, followed by warmer temperatures in the lower 80s under mostly sunny skies for Sunday.

June 26 & 27, 1999

June 26          High    64
                       Low     44

June 27          High    70      
                       Low     45
What a difference a day makes!  Had Hoopfest been one day sooner then a true washout would have occurred, as Friday was a wet day with 0.85 inches of rain.  Fortunately the weather system responsible for the wet weather moved on and Saturday, while unseasonably cool was dry.  Sunday saw another cool day with partly cloudy skies.

June 24 & 25, 2000

June 24          High    74
                       Low     52
                       Precipitation Trace

June 25          High    77      
                       Low     49

Saturday featured mostly cloudy skies and seasonable cool temperatures.  A brief shower or sprinkles moved across the area in the afternoon, leaving only trace amounts of rainfall.  Similar temperatures occurred on Sunday but with much more sunshine.

June 23 & 24, 2001

June 23          High    73
                       Low     57

June 24          High    66      
                       Low     48
                       Precipitation 0.02 Inches

This was another cool Hoopfest.  Saturday saw temperatures in the lower 70s under partly cloudy skies.    Sunday was cooler still with cloudy skies.  Light showers moved into the area by late Sunday afternoon.

June 29 & 30, 2002

June 29          High    72
                       Low     50
                       Precipitation 0.27 Inches

June 29          High    71      
                       Low     47

Yet another cooler-than-average Hoopfest.  After several hot days right before Hoopfest, temperatures cooled off right in time for the weekend.  The frontal system responsible for the cooler weather also brought with it a period of rain Friday night and Saturday morning.  But as has been the case in several past Hoopfests, the rain ended right at 5am Saturday morning, leaving behind cloudy, cool and windy weather for Saturday, but fortunately no rain!  Sunday was a cool day under mostly sunny skies.

June 28 & 29, 2003

June 28          High    88
                       Low     55

June 29          High    93      
                       Low     57

The streak of cool temperatures on Hoopfest ended in an abrupt manner for the 2003 Hoopfest.  Saturday was a hot and sunny day more typical of July.  Sunday was even hotter, with blistering temperatures in the 90s.  The high temperature of 93 tied 1992 for the hottest Hoopfest temperature, which would later be broken in 2008.

June 26 & 27, 2004

June 26          High    78
                       Low     62
                       Precipitation Trace (Thunderstorms)

June 27          High    81      
                       Low     57

Thunderstorms were the main concern for Hoopfest on Saturday.  By late Saturday morning, thunder and lightning was observed very close to downtown.  One thunderstorm brought a brief downpour to the event around lunchtime, but fortunately the heaviest rain from this thunderstorm moved just north of downtown.  The storms decreased by afternoon, leaving the rest of Hoopfest dry with seasonable temperatures, though a little bit on the muggy side for Spokane.

 June 25 & 26, 2005

June 25          High   79
                       Low    57
June 26          High   80      
                       Low    54

Ideal weather conditions greeted this year's participants, with mild temperatures and some high clouds both days. The 2 days after Hoopfest were markedly different. Both had around a third of an inch of rain with temperatures only in the mid 60s.

June 24 & 25, 2006

June 24          High   84
                       Low    50
June 25          High   90      
                       Low    57

Warm temperatures on Saturday gave way to hot readings on Sunday. Hoopfest players and spectators were treated to abundant sunshine on both days.

June 30 & July 1, 2007

June 30          High    73
                       Low    51
July 1             High    82      
                       Low     51

Hoopfest dodged a weather bullet in 2007. On the Friday before the start of Hoopfest, strong thunderstorms rumbled through the Spokane metro area bring rain, hail, damaging winds and lightning. But the storms moved out of the area by late afternoon, allowing the final preparations to be made for the weekend's activities. Weather on Saturday and Sunday was ideal, with only some high clouds and light winds.

June 28 & 29, 2008

June 28          High   92
                       Low    58
June 29          High   97      
                       Low   64

The 2008 edition of Hoopfest easily goes down as the hottest Hoopfest yet. The previous record hot Hoopfest was 93 degrees in 2003 and 1992. The Saturday 2008 reading of 92 came close, but the Sunday high of 97 shattered the old records. While this was the hottest Hoopfest temperature (i.e. since its inception in 1990), there have been highs as hot as 102 degrees during the late June/1st of July period (see records at the top of this page). In 2008, winds were light and skies were mostly sunny so there was little in the way of relief from the hot weather.

June 27 & 28, 2009

June 27          High   79
                       Low    49
June 28          High   81      
                       Low    55

Unlike the hot weather in 2008, the Hoopfest of 2009 was held in just about perfect conditions. Temperatures were around 80 both days under sunny skies. Sunday even had a nice breeze to keep things from getting too warm.

June 26 & 27, 2010

June 26          High   79
                       Low    55
June 27          High   79      
                       Low    52

A virtual repeat of 2009, Hoopfest 2010 had ideal weather for outdoor recreation. Temperatures were around 80 both days under mostly sunny skies. The winds did kick up a bit both afternoons.

June 25 & 26, 2011

June 25            High 67
                         Low 43

June 26            High 73 
                         Low 43

Hoopfest 2011 was cooler than the previous year with the high temperature about 9 degrees below normal on the 25th warming to only 4 degrees below normal on the 26th. Clouds were minimal throughout the day on the 26th with a southwest wind to 10 mph. The 27th was sunny with even lighter wind.

June 30 & July 1, 2012

June 30             High 78
                          Low 60
                          Precipitation: Trace

July 1                 High 78 
                          Low 59
                          Precipitation: Trace

At first glance, Hoopfest 2012 was held under near-ideal weather conditions. The high temperature of 78 on both days was within 1 degree of normal readings for this time of year. The morning low temperatures were rather mild. But the unusual part was the humidity, which was rather high for our area. Dewpoints were in the mid-50s both days. Skies were mostly cloudy, with a few sprinkles, but not enough to cause any impact to the games.

June 29 & 30, 2013

June 29             High 76
                          Low 62
                          Precipitation: 0.06

June 30             High 91 
                          Low 59
                          Precipitation: 0.00

Saturday, June 29th started out as a very cloudy day with thunderstorms in the area and high high dewpoints indicating a significant amount of moisture in the air. The cloud cover and showers kept temperatures down. The next day on Sunday, saw drier and much warmer conditions and partly cloudy skies which helped temperatures recover back to around 90 degrees by Sunday afternoon..

June 28 & 29, 2014

June 28              High 72
                           Low 52

June 29              High 71 
                           Low 50

Wet thunderstorms moved through Spokane on Friday evening bringing a quarter inch of rain to downtown. While this rain played havoc with evening court preparation activities, the weather for the games was much drier.  Saturday morning started with low overcast skies, but the sun broke through later in the day. Temperatures were mild but it was rather windy. Sunday saw a little more sunshine but it continued to be breezy.

June 27 & 28, 2015

June 27              High 102
                           Low 68

June 28              High 105 
                           Low 73

Hoopfest 2015 took place in the midst of the warmest June on record for northeast Washington and the North Idaho Panhandle and right in the middle of a historic heatwave from the 26th through the 30th. Spokane International Airport recorded temperatures of 102 and 105 respectively, both of which were daily records. The 105 degree temperature at the airport was also a record high for the entire month of June as well. Temperatures at Spokane Felts Field were even a couple of degrees higher than that.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, what a huge variability in temps! 65 in '91 to 105 last year.