While searing heat has eased across most of the country this week, no end is in sight for people on the southern Plains.
Dallas hit the 100-degree mark for the 28th day in a row Friday. The streak is the city's third-longest stretch of consecutive 100° days and its worst heat wave in more than a decade.
This stretch is likely to continue through next week and beyond, breaking more records and keeping the strain on residents.
(according to the Dallas/Fort Worth National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office)
|Rank||# of Days||Dates|
|1||42||June 23-Aug. 3, 1980|
|2||29||July 6-Aug. 3, 1998|
|3||28||July 2-29, 2011|
|4||25||Aug. 2-26, 1952|
If there is any chance for the streak to break, it would be Saturday when clouds and possibly even rain from Tropical Storm Don may enter the picture.
"If we can make it past Saturday, it's not out of the question that Dallas could make a run for the record," said AccuWeather.com Long Range Forecaster Jack Boston. "I think Dallas will continue to see 100-degree heat through at least the middle of August."
Waco, Texas, is another city running an impressive streak. The temperature hit the 100-degree mark for the 29th straight day Friday.
San Angelo has had 29 days in a row of 100-degree heat.
Oklahoma has also been sizzling this month. Oklahoma City has had only four days with highs below 100°.
The core of 100-degree heat, which was focused over Texas and Oklahoma earlier this week, expanded farther north and east into Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas Wednesday.
Salina, Kan., soared to 113° Wednesday, setting a new record for the date.
Heavy rain returning to the northern Plains will generate a renewed flood threat for the Red River.
The severe weather threat is winding down for the night after more than 20 reports of tornadoes through Sunday night.
Several tornadoes touched down from Oklahoma to Iowa, including near Wichita, Kan., and Oklahoma City, on Sunday.
Severe storms may erupt from Texas to Wisconsin on Monday as the storm system that spawned several tornadoes across the Plains on Saturday and Sunday shifts slowly to the east.
A slow-moving storm resulted in a week of below-normal temperatures that will likely continue into the week.
Smoke from fires in the Yucatan Peninsula will continue to affect parts of Texas and Louisiana for the first part of the week.
Tornado has 70 mile long track that ends in Kansas City suburb. 48 people died.
Alberta, Canada (1992)
Snowfall of 1-2" between Edmonton and Grand Prairie.
Ft. Myers, FL (1985)
A hospital and several homes were evacuated due to brush fires.