- After the warmest July on record in Texas, some areas, like Waco, are suffering record-setting streaks of 100-degree-plus temperatures. Here, the dried bed of Lake E.V. Spence is shown in Robert Lee, Texas. (Tony Gutierrez) (Photo: Associated Press)
Here's something to make you feel cool on this forehead-swabbing Friday: Today marks the 44th consecutive day of temperatures above 100 degrees in Waco, Texas. That's an all-time record for the city, beating out the 42 straight days of triple-digit horror in 1980.
As in D.C., July was the warmest month in documented history for Texas. Because of an upper-level ridge of high pressure that just won't leave, the state has been left unattended on the burner. The Dallas/Fort Worth area just escaped from its second-hottest streak ever, with 40 running days above 100. If the nights at the DFW International Airport keep above 80 degrees until tomorrow, the all-time local record of 14 consecutive warm nights set in 1998 will have been broken.
The heat has turned an almost unimaginable 99.9 percent of Texas soil into a dry, chalky material more suitable for cactus planting (though even cactus would shrivel, as they need water occasionally). Ongoing since at least January, the drought is the worst in Texas history, and has prompted the feds to declare much of the state a natural disaster zone:
And how are the Texans handling this hotter-than-a-habañero heat streak?