The summer of 2011 is likely to make it into the top 10 hottest for Texoma, based on current trends. Here’s why:
- June 2011 average temperature was 85.4 degrees, the 2nd hottest June on record in Texoma.
- July 7th saw the hottest readings in five years for the NW half of Texoma.
- July 8th: Gainesville reached 108, hottest in five years
- The first week of July had daily highs of 100 to 107 degrees: 10 to 15 degrees above normal: and the heat continues.
The maps above show the highs for July 7th. The 106 degree readings at Ardmore, Coalgate and Madill, and the 107 maximum at Ada were the hottest for those locations since July 2006. Durant and Sherman had their hottest numbers YTD on July 6th-7th. Gainesville's 108 on July 8th was also the hottest in five years.
Burn bans are in effect for all Texoma counties along and west of I-35, and given the extreme temperatures and generally dry forecast, these will no doubt be extended eastward if we don’t get a general rainfall soon.
Please note that “Summer” here is defined as meteorological summer; from June 1 to August 31.