If I only had a nickel for every time I used the word "hot" this summer. I mean, sure, it is the main vocabulary word for Meteorologists this time of the year across a good portion of these here United States of America -- but this summer has taken it to an almost whole new level historically.
Dominant high pressure causing triple digit temperatures, that is only perpetuated by one of the worst droughts in Texas' and the Brazos Valley's history, has brought attention to the climatology books and will in fact place us in them in some way, shape or form. (All official records for Bryan/College Station are taken at Easterwood Airport)
Let's start with an all time record that looks to be in jeopardy -- the amount of triple digit days in one calendar year:
--The current record is 58 days set back in 1917.
--This year, as of Monday afternoon, Easterwood has racked up 43 triple digit days. (Which ties the amount that was recorded in 1980)
The amount of consecutive triple digit days at one time:
--Current record is 30 days set back in 1998. (From July 6th through August 4th)
--This year, as of Monday afternoon, Easterwood longest streak for consecutive triple digit days stands at 18 (Which ties for the 7th longest streak, recorded in 1958)
**If the high on July 29th was 1° warmer (a day we only topped off at 99°), we would have a current consecutive stretch of 26 days (which would put us tied for the 2nd longest streak set back in 1917)
Record heat waves are taking place across all of Southeast Texas as well. The Houston/Galveston office of The National Weather Service has put together a great graphic showcasing the comparison to the summer of 1980: