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Summer off to a Sizzling Start

That was the title story in our newspaper, The San Antonio Express-News, yesterday. What’s to be expected:

  • Sunday: 101
  • Monday: 104
  • Tuesday: 105
  • Wednesday: 103
  • Thursday: 100

The paper gives some advice  then how to cope with this extreme heat, and how to recognize and/or deal with heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Quite interesting, too, are some weather/climate statistics in the paper:

  • Hottest temperature on record: 111 (Sept. 5, 2000)
  • Average number of 100 degree days per year: 8
  • Record number of 100 degree days in a year: 59 in 2009
  • Most consecutive days with triple-digit temperatures: 21 in 1964

So we’ll have to expect the first real summer heat wave!

And then we’ll also have to see what Hurrican Debby will bring, as the paper reports in a different story. It’s not clear yet, though,  if she’ll really head for southern Texas, but she may: “Tropical Storm Debby formed Saturday in the Gulf of Mexico, possibly setting the stage for a wet and windy rendezvous with a baking Lone Star State later this week. ”

Luckily, though, we will very likely not be in for a really forceful hurrican like in the later months, “Because it is early in the season, and the depth of warm ocean water is still relatively thin, Debby is not expected to intensify explosively as some Gulf storms do in August and September” and “Although it’s never wise to court the tropics, the truth is Texas could use Debby’s rains. Two-thirds of the state remains in at least a moderate drought, with parts of southern Texas still in an extreme drought.”

Let’s keep our fingers crossed, hope for the best and turn on the A/C.

6 responses to “Summer off to a Sizzling Start

  1. Hot & humid summers, winters with Northers, mosquitoes, texas university…………… Ah how I don’t really miss my native Texas…….. lol
    Gig ’em, Aggies!

    • Hi Russel,
      Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and leaving a comment.I can understand that you miss Texas, since Texas is a state of mind, as the saying goes. But I beg to disagree with you on one point. It’s “Hook ’em, Horns!”, not “Gig ’em, Aggies!” 😉
      Enjoy the weekend,
      Pit

      • Another 10 hours and 19 minutes and it’s Bye Bye Horns, Hello SEC, and Hello many millions of dollars more!……………lol

        • We’ll, my wife – who is the real Longhorns fan in the family [I, as a native German who has been living here for a few years only and has been brainwashed by his wife 😉 doesn’t know enough] – kind of regrets that the Horns and the Aggies are no longer fighting each other, even if that sometimes – when the Aggies won – lead to some serious disappointment.

  2. It was 99 here yesterday, afraid to look today. After it being so cold for so long, I still can’t get over how we go from freezing to heat stroke temperatures in a couple of days! Stay cool!

    • Hi Betty,
      After a few record-heat days, temps have come down – a little, at least – now, even if they’re in the mid- and upper 90s still.
      Take care, and have a great weekend,
      Pit

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