The Summer of Hot


Today will mark the 39th day of temperatures soaring to over 100-degrees in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Thirty-nine days of melt everything-in-your car searing heat. Thirty-nine days of risking serious burn putting on your seat belt. Thirty-nine days of hovering in front of an AC unit, just to survive. Thirty-nine days of crispy brown grass and dead – way dead – plants.

Thirty-nine days.

And that’s not even the record. The record in 1980 is listed as forty-two 100+ days in a row.

Which we will beat – according to forecasters – on Friday.

It’s not just the record number of 100+ days in a row, we are, also, breaking temp records each day. Record low at night, record high during the day.

Today, as usual, we could break a record high. The record is 106. Temp today? 107

Two things I can assure you.

One, it’s not a dry heat.

Two, there hasn’t been a drop of rain either (oh, there are urban legends of rain, and/or mirages of rain), it’s not real. If you have seen rain, you risked outside exposure one too many times.

There is a small – obviously sick – part of me that looks forward to the new blazing summer record.

Hey, we got this far! Might as well make history.

Unless something crazy happens, we definitely will.

Now more people can understand why we have tinted windows in our cars and swimming pools on every corner.

These are not optional, they are required.

I hope wherever you are… are cool. In Texas, we are just HOT.

Happy Summer!

Never Fear Spring is Here!

Well…almost….maybe not quite spring, but definitely spring fever.

I am trying to convince myself the next heat wave will stick around for good. The Bradford Pear Trees are blooming. And we have had a few really nice weekends. It is a bit on the chilly side this week for all of us southern lightweights, but not really (not if you are from the north). This time of year is brief and fleeting. Brief – because spring lasts about a month. Fleeting – because if you blink, you will miss it.

Next month we will be in the 90’s, which will be a cold front in the summer, but I digress. Let’s not jump ahead.

For now, let’s enjoy our brief (almost official) spring where the kids can play outside without UV pollution.

*Photos edited with warmify tone. Normally, I don’t like this edit, but it seemed perfect for these pre-spring pics.*

Happy Wednesday!

Any sign of spring where you are?