Heat wave continue to bake southern and midwestern states
After setting record high temperatures all across America in July, the west and northeast are getting some relief in August. However, the south and midwest, the Republican red states, continue to suffer in the heat wave. It's not only the high temperatures, but it's also causing devastating droughts and destroying farmlands and livestock that are critical to the rural red states.
CNN: Blazing temperatures scorch much of southern U.S.
A spell of suffocating heat will grip much of the South again Friday. Heat advisories are in place for parts of 14 states. People from New Mexico to North Carolina will feel the extreme heat, according to the National Weather Service.
The developments come as several cities in Texas closed in on records for the most consecutive days of 100-degree heat.
On Thursday, Dallas marked its 34th straight day of temperatures above 100 degrees. That city has been getting a lot of attention for its hellish heat, but some smaller Texas cities have had it worse. Thursday was Waco's 35th straight day topping 100 degrees, and it marked Tyler's 38th. The record for both Dallas and Waco is 42 straight days over three digits, set in 1980.
Not only are temperatures high in Texas, but the state climatologist said Thursday that Texas in the midst of the most severe one-year drought on record. Recordkeeping began in 1895.
Last month was also the hottest month ever on record in Texas and the third driest July, climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said.
"Never before has so little rain been recorded prior to and during the primary growing season for crops, plants and warm-season grasses," he said.
Southern Scorcher as Heat Wave Slams South and Midwest
The National Weather Service has issued excessive heat warnings for Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa, Arizona and Kansas, with records being broken in the state Dorothy called home.
Temperatures reached 108 F in Wichita, Kan. yesterday and are expected to be over 100 for the next week.
It’s been a hot summer for the Sunflower state as it just recorded its fifth hottest July on record. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp said it has been 5.8 degrees higher than normal, with a combined day and night average of 84.7 degrees.
In south central Kansas, however, this July was the hottest ever. The average temperature was 88.5 degrees, 7 degrees above average, Reuters said.