GUNTER, Texas (KTEN) — Did you think the month of July was exceptionally hot? Well, you would be right.

July 2022 was the third warmest July on record. The average high temperature for July 2022 was 101.2°, just 0.9° shy of the record 102.1° set back in July 1980.

Maximum average high temp for July since 1897

With drought on the minds of all Texomans, the summer of 1980 was a prime example of just how bad drought can get in the region. The summer of 1980 set countless records in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex that remain to this day. The all-time highest temperature of 113°F was set at DFW on June 26 and June 27, 1980. Every daily record high from June 24 to July 5 for DFW was set in 1980.

Palmer Z Index for July 1980

 

Thanks to temperatures in the triple digits for a record length of time, soil moisture quickly eroded and left soil dry as a bone… sound familiar? Extreme drought was prevalent across the South-Central United States and even extended into the North-Central US as well.

High pressure system over Southeastern United States that caused Heatwave of 1980

The 1980 heat wave was fueled by a persistent high pressure system that did not budge out of the Southeastern and South-Central United States. For weeks, the high pressure fueled a never-ending barrage of triple digit heat and minimal precipitation.

Current Drought Monitor

As we continue to deal with the worsening drought situation across Texoma, let’s be thankful that our current drought and heat is not as bad as what some of us dealt with over 40 years ago.