Halfway home, I decided I'd forgo the usual detour and stop for coffee and simply get home via the shortest available route. No biggie. Hot coffee on a hot afternoon might be nice, but it is hardly mandatory. When I got home, I noticed that "Weather Underground" claimed a high of 109F along my route. THAT got my attention because the hottest temperature I've experienced in Texas so far since 2003 was 109F. The "official" DFW high temperature was 105F compared to a record of 107F set back in 1956. The "official" DFW low was 83F compared to a previous record of 82F in 1998.
We'll see if today was a record breaker. It certainly felt warm enough for me, though hardly intolerable. I'm thinking I might want to look into a clamp-on water bottle holder for my wife's bike to maximize bike choices in this sort of weather.
Still, the days are getting shorter, so we better enjoy this while we can. I think this is gonna be a hot summer. Maybe not 1980, but right up there. So far, in July, our high was 100F or higher every day except for Canada Day. That means we'll not tie the all-time record for monthly days at 100 or higher. That record stands at 31 - set in 1980. Luckily for me, I didn't even imagine going to Texas THAT year...
|That Cateye Really Wants Me to Feel Like I'm Tough!|
UPDATE - From the NWS
SXUS74 KFWD 090645
RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX
0145 AM CDT SAT JUL 9 2011
...RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE SET AT DALLAS FORT WORTH...
A RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 83 DEGREES WAS SET AT DALLAS FORT WORTH FOR JULY 8 2011. THE OLD RECORD WAS 82 DEGREES SET IN BOTH 1998 AND 1996.