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Many thanks to Pathtags Art, Monedina, Nicole Florian, for her wonderful design! It really captures the heat waves of 1980 & 2011.
In the summer of 1980 I was a young teen. I lived near a club swimming pool and a lake. In late June, the swimming pool was shut down because a bacteria that thrives in warm waters had been discovered; the pool's water temperatures had reached 98-100°F five consecutive days. Lake levels dropped, and by August many of us had our pictures taken standing on dry land out in the middle of the lake. Bath water was used to water plants, and the country club asked people to bring their bath water to the club house, where they filtered it and watered the greens. Even the older generations could not remember a summer as hot.
69 records for highest temperature were set or broken in 1980. 26-27 June, Dallas temperatures reached 113°F, highest recorded temperature in Dallas. Seymour was the hottest place in Texas with a temperature of 119°F. Dallas experienced 28 days at 105°F< and 5 days above 110°F. We endured 42 consecutive 100°F< days, and a total of 69 100°F<. Highest average monthly temperature was July @ 105°F. Texas received 22.05" rainfall for the year, and 60 people died in the D/FW Metroplex from the heat.
I was in my mid-40s during the summer of 2011. Unlike the summer of 1980, the 2011 summer saw a record number of wildfires--Possum Kingdom State Park, Bastrop State Park, Fort Davis State and National Parks were some places that were laid ablaze. Police officers set traps, not for speeders, but for smokers who threw their cigarette butts out the windows.
Usually, a grass farmer can get two good cuttings of grass to be round baled for hay. Many did not even get one. Feed corn (not the corn people eat, but grown for animal feed) burned, combusted literally, in the fields. Since the grass crops died, many farmers round baled their corn stalks. (In Texas, we bale because the air is humid and baling helps keep the humidity to a minimum). When grass crops are baled, they begin a combustion and break down process starting in the middle. I was on my way home one early evening and saw two round bales of corn catch fire on their own. Water rationing was at stage 5--no outside watering at all.
The 2011 Heat Wave did break a 1980 record; we had 71 days of 100°F<, breaking the 69 days in 1980, but we only had 40 consecutive days of 100°F<. D/FW airport reported a 25.88" annual rainfall total, and 20 people died due to the Heat Wave.
The 1980 Heat Wave is still the hottest summer on record and in memory. Here's hoping that 2042 does not test or surpass 1980.