For 31 years, all summers have been compared to the summer of 1980.
It was the hottest on record with 69 days of temperatures over 100 degrees.
Yesterday, the mercury rose to 107 degrees and a new record was set.
We were all too hot and exhausted to care or celebrate.
The first 100 degree day of the year was recorded on June 13.
Each and every day in July was 100 degrees or more.
Last month, the temperatures fell for a couple of days. With that, we failed to break the record for the number of consecutive days of 100 degrees. The summer of 1980 will continue to hold that record.
We could easily reach 100 degrees again today, and then cooler temperatures are supposedly on the way.
However, concerns still remain.
The summer brought not only record temperatures, but record drought.
Everything everywhere is dry.
I drove through residual smoke from fires in East Texas on my way to Market.
On the return trip, I drove past still smoldering grass and pine trees just inside the Texas state line.
Yesterday, large fires broke out in nearby counties.
I have given up trying to keep landscape plants alive. Even with city enforced watering restrictions, our water bill is more than double its normal summer amount. I won't even discuss the air conditioning bill.
At least we still have a house to cool. Thousands of homes in nearby areas, and other parts of Texas, have gone up in flames. Residents have lost everything, and even a few lives have been lost.
When the rains finally come, maybe then there will be cause for celebration.