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.
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.