Mobile Weather Record Highs, Lows and Extremes

cirrus clouds
Old condensation trails spread into cirrus clouds.
street flooded
Royal Street in Mobile flooded from Hurricane Katrina surge.

When it comes to weather we usually just remember the last week or two. Go way back and you’ll find extremes in the Mobile area that may surprise you. This is information compiled from the Southeast Regional Climate Center, the Mobile National Weather Service, and the National Climatic Data Center. Keep in mind that extremes that occur away from populated areas are often not documented so this list is only for reports that have been verified by the National Weather Service. The temperature and precipitation extremes are only for Mobile.

Coldest Mornings
February 13th, 1899 = -1 F Read article from USA archives here.
January 21st, 1985 = 3 F

January 6th, 1883, coldest afternoon in Mobile

Hottest Days
August 29th, 2000 = 105 F
July 25th, 1952 = 104 F
July 14th, 1980 = 103 F

Wettest Months
June 1900 = 26.67″
September 1998 = 24.12″
June 2003 = 20.66″ 
Driest Months
October 1874 = 0.00″
October 1978 = 0.01″
October 1987 = 0.02″ 
Wettest Years
1881 = 92.32″
1900 = 91.18″
1947 = 90.53″
Driest Years
1938 = 37.15″
1904 = 39.50″
1954 = 42.35″
snowmen
Snowmen and snow-women on a front lawn.

Top 10 Snowfalls
Feb. 14th & 15th, 1895 = 6.0″
Jan. 23rd & 24th, 1881 = 5.0″
Feb. 9th, 1973 = 3.6″
Jan. 23rd, 1955 = 3.5″
March 12th & 13th, 1993 = 2.7″
Feb. 12th, 1899 = 2.0″
Feb. 5th, 1988 = 1.7″
March 6th, 1954 = 1.6″
Jan. 31st, 1977 & Feb. 12th, 1958 = 1.4″

For area tornadoes (and past hurricanes and snowstorms) check the Event Page of the Mobile National Weather Service Office and then go to theirTornado Museum. You can also plot confirmed tornadoes and get more information on them anywhere in the US using this Storm Prediction Center online tool.


The first freeze of the fall season is defined as when the temperature hits 32 degrees for the first time. When this occurs depends entirely on where the temperature is measured in any given city and it is influenced by elevation, land cover, proximity to buildings, amount of land and building development, and proximity to water. In the News 5 area our inland areas freeze earlier since they are farther away from the moderating waters of the coastline.

This list of earliest, latest, and average freezes is compiled and provided by the Mobile Office of the National Weather Service.The average first and last freeze dates here come from a 1971-2000 database. The first and last freeze dates are from the entire length of the database record.

Location

Record First Freeze

Average First Freeze

Average Last Freeze

Record Last Freeze 

MOBILE (MOB) 10-28-1957 NOV 29 FEB 28 04-05-1987
ATMORE 10-27-1957 NOV 21 MAR 11 04-13-1940
BAY MINETTE 10-20-1989 NOV 23 MAR 4 04-05-1987
BREWTON 09-30-1967 NOV 2 MAR 30 04-30-1992
CHATOM 10-03-1984 NOV 9 MAR 27 04-27-1976
CODEN 10-27-1982 NOV 24 MAR 8 04-10-2000
DAUPHIN ISLAND 11-30-1979 DEC 27 FEB 6 03-10-1996
EVERGREEN 10-20-1989 NOV 17 MAR 17 04-26-1910
FAIRHOPE 10-24-1937 DEC 1 FEB 22 04-13-1940
FRISCO CITY 10-20-1989 NOV 19 MAR 12 04-11-1973
JACKSON 10-20-1989 NOV 13 MAR 10 04-05-1987
ROBERTSDALE 10-21-1989 NOV 25 MAR 4 04-13-1940
THOMASVILLE 10-17-1977 NOV 14 MAR 16 04-26-1910
WHATLEY 10-08-1991 NOV 6 MAR 31 04-21-1983
PENSACOLA, FL 10-31-1993 DEC 10 FEB 22 03-27-1955
JAY, FL 10-20-1989 NOV 21 MAR 7 04-11-1973
NICEVILLE 10-20-1989 NOV 17 MAR 13 04-21-1953
CRESTVIEW, FL 10-20-1989 NOV 12 MAR 20 04-23-1993
RICHTON, MS 10-08-1987 NOV 1 MAR 28 04-18-1997
MERRILL, MS 10-01-1984 OCT 30 MAR 18 04-11-1989
WAYNESBORO, MS 09-30-1967 OCT 27 MAR 28 04-18-2001
WIGGINS, MS 10-20-1964 NOV 21 MAR 10 04-11-1973

 

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