July 2011 Beats 1980 for Hottest July on Record

July 2011 exceeded 1980 by a wide margin to take the #1 spot for the hottest July on record for Texoma. It’s also the hottest summer on record based on the temperatures YTD.

July 1980 had a slight edge on the average daily high, but much warmer overnight lows for July 2011 pushed the daily average well above 1980:

July 1980 average high: 102.1

July 1980 average low: 75.8

July 1980 Daily average: 89.0

July 2011 average high: 101.6

July 2011 average low: 79.7

July 2011 Daily average: 90.7

The summer as a whole is also well ahead of 1980, since June of this year was warmer than June 1980:

June 1980 average high: 95.1

June 1980 average low: 71.9

June 1980 Daily average: 83.5

June 2011 average high: 96.5

June 2011 average low: 74.3

June 2011 Daily Average:  85.4

We will wind up with the hottest summer on record without a significant change in August.  The long-range forecast for August doesn't’t offer much promise for that right now. "Summer" as applied here is Meteorological Summer, from June 1 to August 31.

 Take Care,

Steve LaNore

Chief Meteorologist




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  • by Steve LaNore on Aug 10, 2011 at 08:26 PM
    OkieWeather, Thanks for your excellent question. A constant frustration for us in the weather shop is having three different National Weather Service offices covering our area. Choctaw and Pushmataha Counties are covered by the Tulsa NWS whereas the rest of southern OK is under the Norman NWS office, and our north Texas Counties get warnings and forecasts from the Fort Worth NWS office. The NWS does a fine job so this is no reflection on them, but being in the crossroads of 3 offices occasionally leads to situations like the one you asked about. This particular situation is more a result of this than there being any big difference in the weather or drought condition between Hugo and Durant, for instance. Also...don't trust the Farmer's Almanac for long-range forecasts. Shooting at night might allow you to hit your target once in a while, but it's not a dependable way to hunt. -:) Thanks for your question - Steve
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Aug 9, 2011 at 05:12 AM
    The Almanac is all jacked up - what city is that for, Seattle?
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      by Miss D. on Aug 9, 2011 at 11:12 AM in reply to Mork
      After reading what you posted, I had to look at the almanac. I seriously laughed out loud when I saw it. "All Jacked Up" indead!
  • by OkieWeather Location: Boswell on Aug 9, 2011 at 05:08 AM
    Steve, I have noticed that Choctaw County is much drier than other areas and that Choctaw and Pushmataha Counties are always in excessive heat warnings when surrounding counties are in watches. Why are these two counties in a hot spot? Is there any explanation?
  • by Ron Location: Howe on Aug 6, 2011 at 08:58 AM
    This heat is not about "global warming." It's about La Nina. The southern Pacific ocean is cool and not a lot of moisture is evaporating to come this way. And the jet stream is north of us. And has absolutely nothing to do with CO2 from an SUV. That stuff is politics
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      by Just sayin on Aug 12, 2011 at 10:14 AM in reply to Ron
      Your clueless
  • by Roger Location: Farris, Ok. on Aug 4, 2011 at 07:36 PM
    If the good lord brings us to it he will in one way or another get us thru it and has a reason for it, you guys keep up the good work in documenting it. For I feel he is asking us all to pray for what we are in need of.
  • by britt Location: Pottsboro on Aug 3, 2011 at 08:34 PM
    Instead of talkin about all this heat lets talk about the winter that is coming up, this summer has broken all kinds of records do you think this winter is going to be a record breaker too or is it to early to tell yet
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      by IMO on Aug 5, 2011 at 10:33 AM in reply to britt
      People can talk about what they want to...Since this blog is all about heat,it's typically going to be the main topic...Winter? Here?? Come on yeah right.......
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        by britt on Aug 5, 2011 at 10:34 PM in reply to IMO
        well it was just a thought to take everybodys mind off of the heat i mean really it could be bad and if we could get the input then we could possibily be some what prepared for it every one knows that the winters can be harsh around here sometimes and if your not prepared well it could be bad on some folks just looking out for the felow neighbors
  • by just sayin Location: texas on Aug 2, 2011 at 06:07 PM
    global warming skeptics have to wonder at this point.
  • by Michael Location: Sherman on Aug 1, 2011 at 07:28 AM
    In Texas when it rain's it pours it may be dry now but I have a feeling of mid August floods .
  • by Bill Location: Healdton on Jul 29, 2011 at 10:54 AM
    Hey Steve, Well this has been one of the hottest spring and summer I can remember. Since this spring and Summer have been a blowout on the rain, does anything seem promising for this fall or winter pattern? Bill, thanks for the good work from all you folks in weather.
  • by Steve LaNore Location: KXII-TV on Jul 28, 2011 at 08:24 PM
    Ashlee, yes, it is awful. It is so much like 1980...back then, I had a car with black vinyl seats and no A/C; that was NOT a fun summer! As to your question...the pattern will probably remain very hot with no significant changes through the end of next week. Beyond that...the heat may ease but above normal temperatures are expected for the next month. You are right: summer like this die long and hard so we’re looking at September for relief…unless we get a tropical system passing close by. Of course we do have scattered showers in the forecast through July 30th….so we can hope for the best there. Take Care, Steve
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