Second hottest summer on record in U.S.; Texas continues sizzling

Dallas sets record for most 100+ days


Summer temperature rankings across the U.S. compared to normal. (NOAA)

Some facts about the U.S. hot summer:

* Texas had the warmest summer on record of any state. Oklahoma had the second warmest summer on record of any state (and its hottest summer on record).
* New Mexico and Louisiana also had their warmest summers on record.
* Fifteen states had a summer average temperature among their top ten warmest. Washington, D.C. had its second hottest summer on record (2010 was hottest)

* As the searing heat dried out the soil, Texas had its driest summer on record, with a state-wide average of 2.44 inches or rain, 5.29 inches below average.
* The U.S. Climate Extremes Index, a measure of the percent area of the country experiencing extreme climate conditions, ranked third highest high on record since 1910.


Years with most 100+ days in Dallas (NWS)

Some relief is on the way in these cities, with forecast highs in the 70s and 80s in Wichita Falls (they’ll need parkas) and Dallas, respectively, by Thursday, and the low 90s in Houston by the weekend.

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.
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