Edit: This record was tied on July 9, 2021.
The high temperatures in the Dakotas, for instance, relate to the jet stream, which can dip down far south and bring hot air north in the middle of the country. As hot as it can get in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida, being on the coast and not being as affected by the jet stream help to keep the temperature more "mild".
The record high for North Carolina is 110 degrees and was set in 1983.
SD's high temp record was from the hilly northwest part of the state, but only ~2300 ft elevation. 2006 was a really hot and dry drought year.
I looked up Steele, ND which is where their record is from. ~1800 ft elevation, south central part of the state, pretty flat. Record set in 1936, so likely another drought year during the depression/dust bowl era.
I'll admit that I share your surprise that both of the Dakotas have higher record temps than Texas.
Oklahoma and even Kansas make sense to me, but I would have thought that Nebraska or Iowa got hotter temps that SD or ND. Must have been a freak weather pattern since it's the hottest recorded temps and not the hottest average temps.
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