Hot Hot Heat: CBS Early Show Comes to Town, It Ain't 1980 Yet and Dallas's Drought Plan

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CBS Early Show's Marysol Castro's in town -- can't imagine why. Oh, right. It's hot. Still, not so hot that two high-school footballers can't spend their after-practice hours toiling in the sun -- one on a construction site, the other decorating doorknobs with fliers, both hoping to buy a car. Their story follows.

In the meantime, what you see above was dispatched by the National Weather Service last night -- a reminder that, yes, this is hot. But not 1980 hot. Not yet. My 8-year-old son asked last night: "Dad, what did you do in 1980?" Um ... I was at summer camp down in Bruceville, which means I was outside, like, all the time. And, according to my folks, Dad's Second Avenue auto-parts business had its best summer ever. Water pumps and thermostats.

And, while we're on the subject of the hot hot heat: Several Friends of Unfair Park have asked if and when Dallas can expect more significant water restrictions, like those being imposed on surrounding municipalities. I asked Frank Librio, City Hall spokesman, if city officials are considering going to Drought Response Stage 1, which would trigger mandatory two-day watering restrictions broken down according to even- and odd-number street addresses. To which he responded thusly via email:
The lakes are currently 84% full and we continue to monitor conditions daily. The City's conservation program has been very effective in changing "how people use water."

Stage 1 could be triggered three ways: if the reservoirs are below 65% full; a man-made or natural contamination of a water supply; and finally if we have reached or exceeded delivery capacity for 4 consecutive days.
He also passed along this, for anyone who dares to look ahead: the City of Dallas Drought Contingency Plan, adopted by the city council last summer.

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OC Jefe
OC Jefe

Stop me if this a dumb question - but if this is from June 1 to Aug 2, (63 days) how did they have 69 days over 100?  Did 1980 also set a record for most days in July?

Dommerdog
Dommerdog

That's a seriously good question.  Makes one wonder what else is wrong with it.  I feel fairly certain we had more than 1 110+ day in 1980, as well.

LakeWWWooder
LakeWWWooder

Yes of course I was here for the summer of 1980.  That was after the ice storm of  New Year's 1979. I think I was still mowing for $ back in those days and I also had a summer job between semesters at SMU. It made an impression but wasn't that bad.

I wouldn't mind repeating history if it's followed again by some great music as we had after that in the '80s!

LaceyB
LaceyB

I grew up in a house without air conditioning (box or central). We had a pool, but couldn't afford to heat it, so, it had to be HOT (days like this) to get in there.I also distinctly remember sneaking into the nearest HS's pool, and basically, just growing up sorta barefoot and bohemian-style. You had to check in by payphone, but that was about it.Too bad children today don't have the option to just "go play" and come in "when it gets dark"

scottindallas
scottindallas

I seem to remember in 80 the lakes being 6-8 ft low.  We are 2-4 ft low now--seems improbable considering our population growth since then.  To those clowns who think it's arid, it's quite humid.  I saw the Dead in Vegas when it was 122, no shade in the parking lot for the all day pre-show.  It felt like an oven, but you didn't get dripping wet like you do here. 

MattL1
MattL1

Man, I'm really going to miss this heat over the weekend.  I will be flying into La Guardia tomorrow, where it is currently... 77 degrees.  Comparing weekend forecasts is making me weep for joy.

LaceyB
LaceyB

While in NYC, like 2 weeks ago, it was in the high 90s, but they had a BREEZE. It makes a huge difference. Just a nighttime cooldown would be priceless!

NewsDog
NewsDog

I didn't change many water pumps or thermostats in the summer of 80 but I did help a friend change out his transmission a few times. That's when I really learned how nice an ice cold beer could be on a hot afternoon.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Im really enjoying the dry desert-like heat here. No nasty humidity to make it icky outside, its pretty pleasant in small doses.

I will agree, all of Texas needs the rain, Id like to see what my grandad calls a "gully-washer" to not only quench the parched ground, but to fill the lakes, rivers and streams as well. We need a good Cat 1-2 Hurricane to do the job, followed by several days of rain

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

The Cat 1 or 2 might not get it done after the TD got demolished by the dry air Friday night in like 20miles of land we might need a bit more

eastdallasgirl
eastdallasgirl

Yes, my hair dries really fast, and no need to manage the garden - no more plants!

Roustabout
Roustabout

17 heat related deaths reported so far in St Louis. I remember back in 1980 when it was 114 in Dallas and 108 down in South Central Texas and the 108 was a lot harder to take because of the increased humidity.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Remember the cricket plague? Entrances to stores and offices would have piles of dead crickets every morning. Stunk to high heaven.

El Rey
El Rey

I remember, I was there. Spent most of that summer outside, swimming in creeks and stock ponds. Our house had one window unit air conditioner, we all (Mom, Dad, brother, and I) slept in that one room. When the oil business took a dive in the mid-eighties, we moved up north. It wasn't the pleasant weather that brought us here...

ts
ts

Please baby jesus, smite us with a hurricane.

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