Don A Dud; Texas Heat, Drought Continue
July 31, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
FORT WORTH, Texas, July 31 (UPI) — Texas sizzled again Sunday after the remnants of Tropical Storm Don failed to ease an ongoing drought and 100-degree temperatures, forecasters said.
Fort Worth almost saw its century-mark streak end Saturday but the mercury crept into triple digits late in the afternoon, making it 29 consecutive days Dallas-Fort Worth has seen temps above 100.
“August is usually a very warm month. It doesn’t look like anything’s going to break the streak in the next seven to 10 days,” National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Mosier told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The record heat wave in the Lone Star State is 42 consecutive days above 100 set in 1980. Mosier said while it’s likely that record will be broken the odds are probably against breaking the mark of 69 total triple-digit days in one year — 69 set in 1980 — since the scalding temps would have to last well into September.
For Sunday, the heat continued unabated along with the serious drought. Many areas of Texas are at 20-30 percent of their normal rainfall totals for the year.
AccuWeather.com said Don failed to produce much in the way of rain as it moved through this weekend. A weather system that could become Emily was being tracked in the Caribbean; however, the latest predictions indicate the storm was more likely to swing up the Atlantic Coast rather than head for Texas.