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Hottest July On Record

That’s here, in Centex land, with a probable average high temp of at least 89.4 degrees for the month. Of course the record only goes back to the 1850s or so. The previous record was 89.1 in July, 1870.

Too bad the Indians didn’t have thermometers and keep records or we might know more. As it is, unless you’re a diehard global warmist, the record’s length is not very impressive. But the heat has been utterly oppressive, and the worst may be to come. August generally is the hottest and driest month around here.

And with no named tropical storm yet this hurricane season we can’t even count on that to cool us off.

Via LCRA meterologist Bob Rose.

More drought ahead

That’s the apparent forecast, according to KVUE chief meteorologist Mark Murray, and the latest data on the El Nino Southern Oscillation, which is oscillating in an unfortunate (for us) direction:

"These trends in surface and subsurface ocean temperatures indicate that the warm episode (El Niño) is weakening. It is still possible for some areas to experience El Niño-related effects during the next month, primarily in the region of the central tropical Pacific."

One supposes that the normal (i.e. non-El Nino) Central Texas spring could still bring us abundant rainfall by the end of May-June, but Mark didn’t seem too optimistic about it when we spoke last night. Lake Travis remains really low, and its manager, the Lower Colorado River Authority, recently took the unprecedented step of denying what remains of its water to Texas rice farmers down on the coast.