Record high temperatues in Texas

texas drought

Hottest day on record in Texas Panhandle; fire threatens Los Alamos
[Via Dr. Jeff Masters’ WunderBlog]

The hottest temperatures in recorded history scorched large portions of the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma Panhandle, and southwestern Kansas on Sunday. Amarillo hit 111°, breaking its hottest day-ever record of 109° (set just two days previously, on June 24). Borger, Texas hit 113°, smashing the previous hottest day-ever record set on June 24, 2011 of 108°. Dalhart, Texas had its hottest day on record, 110°, beating the 108° on June 24, 2011. Dodge City, Kansas tied its all-time record with 110° (last seen on June 29, 1998). Dodge City has temperature records back to 1874. Yesterday saw the hottest temperatures of the month for Texas with 116.2° at Childress, Northfield, and Memphis (all in the panhandle region.) These readings are not far from the state record of 120° set at Monahas on June 28, 1994 and at Seymore on August 12, 1936. 

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Not only record drought in the state but some terribly high numbers. Pecos, Texas has had no rain since September of last year – normal is over 4 inches. Amarillo’s temperature of 111ª was the hottest it has gotten in recorded history back to 1892. In San Angelo, 22 of the first 26 days of the month were over 100°.

It is going to be a miserable summer. I wish some of that water in South Dakota wold make its way to Texas.