We’ve gotten a fair number of e-mails asking how 20 consecutive days of 100-plus weather (as of July 19th) sets a new Texoma record, when Dallas’ record is 42 days of 100+ in a row from 1980. The streak was broken on July 20th when the high in Sherman topped out at 99 degrees, so 20 consecutive days of 100+ is the new record here.
Sherman weather records are generally used for Texoma because they are representative for most of the area. Texoma does not have a National Weather Service primary climate station, so our records are not as complete or as easy to get as they are for Dallas or Oklahoma City. The 1956 and 1980 summers had a lot of 100-degree days, but there are a few 99’s and 98’s in the group which kept the consecutive days of 100+ temperatures less than this year’s record.
The year 1998 had the longest previous 100+ record for Texoma at 17 days. There’s little doubt 2011 will have one of the hottest summers on the books. We had our 2nd hottest June on record and are having one of the top 3 hottest Julys as well.
We’ll just have to wait until summer’s end to exactly where we stack up.