It's 100 Degrees. Take That, 1980!

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This just in from the National Weather Service:
DFW Airport has reached 100 degrees today. This ties the record for most 100 degree days in a year (69 days). We should easily surpass this record tomorrow.
Great. Swell. Awesome. Break out the ... well, not water. That'd be a waste. Which reminds me: Treehugger today wonders what Dallas, Houston and the rest o' Texas will do if and when the drought lingers into 2012 and '13. Besides turn into Mexico.
Around late summer of 2012, people will see that blaming EPA won't help. Air conditioning, lighting, water pumps: all that power driven stuff will become less reliable and life in Texas could start to resemble life in Mexico. The miracle that has been the Texas economy might trip on the cracks. (Generator sales will skyrocket, though, if you are looking to start up a small business.)
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mynameisURL
mynameisURL

*sticks fingers in ears*

LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA

I can't HEAR you.

mynameisURL
mynameisURL

Average high was higher by a bit, (1980-101.6) (2011-101.2) average overall temp in the summer of 1980 was 89.2, average overall temp in 2011 was 90.6. So, yeah, it was hotter this year.

Our overnight "lows" (chuckle) on average (2011-79.9) were higher this year which put us over the top and broke that recoerd as well. (breaking 1998's 77.8 average low)  

Not to get all "meteorologist" on your ass, but, damnit, *nobody* is gonna tell me I didn't just live through the hottest DFW summer ever. besides, I'm sick of listening to those old-timers babble endlessly about some summer in the last century that nobody even cares about anymore.

Sorry, I'm just cranky 'cuz it's HOT!

Gmit
Gmit

Dumbasses all of you, just last year was record wet. State gets right on the edge then thegates open and it floods

Dallas May
Dallas May

The solution here is simple. Raise the price of water. Right now it's set at like $1.56 / 1000 gallons. It should be at least 4x the price. We could quadruple the price, and no one would even notice. 

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I think w/ times like these, its always great to talk about purchasing gold, rainbarrels and emergency food supplies...;)

In all seriousness, climate change is a real thing. Always a good thing to conserve water, as it is a finite resource that we all have to share. I look at it like this: We've had it easy in D/FW compared to other parts of the state. Living in the Hill Country, we always heard about making sure not to waste water from the Edwards Aquifer, which is drilled into everyones head from March to November every single year..Its a good reminder for everyone to take the same advice throughout this state...

LaceyB
LaceyB

Mexico may be crazy hot all year long, but you never see them chugging a water. It's a beer--day or night. Water efficiency, anyone?

Phelps
Phelps

So, it's the standard "we have angered Gaea and now we shall feel her wrath as she destroys the world in an ecopocalypse" story again.

Yeah, I've heard this one since the grade school in the mid-80s.  Next year is always the last year.

NewsDog
NewsDog

Great. Now I'll be able to tell people I lived through the two worst Summers in Dallas history.There are some clubs I would really rather not belong to.  

TimCov
TimCov

What i worry about are those people who will not be able to afford to move and are susceptible to heat (like my mother-in-law). Texas some power generation solutions that are not water (drought makes that tough) and wind (our highest temp days also tend to be the ones with the lowest amounts of wind) dependent.

SteveT
SteveT

People will move north and east to live where there's water; as it is a necessity.  Rick Perry will say it's because Austin has too many liberals so God is punishing us.

ifred214
ifred214

Good to hear our collective effort was not in vain.  Now, can you explain the parade of dicks at the top of this page?  2(X)IST?  I am as confused by that parentetical as I am by the sales department's judgment.  Can we get some hooker ads in the sidebar to balance this out?

JanM
JanM

@Dallas May, do you even live in Dallas?   Have a house maybe, with a yard?

Scientific reality
Scientific reality

Dude, it's a closed system.  We can't "waste" water.  We can use up available water in a given location, but that water will exist elsewhere on the planet in some form.

Google "Conservation of mass and energy" for further info.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Beer is made from..............agua.

Harvey
Harvey

Why would she destroy the world when she just needs to get rid of you...er, I mean us.  You need to be more patient.  Think of it like being an ant (in its own short lifetime) waiting for the big guy to turn on the water hose right over your mound.....or the kid with the magnifying glass.  It just takes one more irritating human to mess things up for everyone else. There's a few extinct species that probably could've done better without us.  Besides, Gaia isn't going to do anything we can't do better. We'll starve ourselves first.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Just wait til next year.

Can you say 3peat?

Paul
Paul

Odd comment from the former state campaign manager for the Al Gore presidential campaign in Texas ... Gov'ner Goodhair, not you SteveT ...

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Alas, I can't seem to access the ad of which you write ...

Will R
Will R

There's a cost to growing an acre of non-native plants around your house, and I think it should be paid by the people who own and enjoy it, not the entire city.

I do live in Dallas, and I'll gladly conserve water in a shortage to make sure that everyone gets enough to drink and wash with, but conserving to subsidize homeowners who would rather grow lawns of Kentucky bluegrass and Bermuda mowed within an inch of its life instead of drought-resistant prairie grasses... not so much!

guest
guest

Who cares about your fucking yard!!!!!

Youarenotscientific
Youarenotscientific

You are a moron.. A closed system from a planet earth perspective doesnt mean you are not wasting water in DFW.  Unnecessary watering (with clean water) leads to evaporation that likely doesnt end up back in our water supply (proof = no rain in months).   You should be sued for using a pseudo intellectial pseudonym..

Observist
Observist

Congratulations on starting your sophomore year!   Later in the semester you'll learn about the difference between fresh water and salt water.

Guest
Guest

It's just harder to drink it when it's in a cloud.

Fletch
Fletch

He's right...I saw it earlier, too. 

Montemalone
Montemalone

The selfish, hateful, greedy, I got mine so fuck you crowd would beg to differ.Actually, they wouldn't beg, just pull out the shotgun and fire, but you get my meaning.

Dallas May
Dallas May

No, it actually wastes water too. You see, all of the water you get from your tap is surface water from a reservoir -assuming you are in the DFW area. So, when you turn on your lawn sprinklers outside you are spending precious water resources that are not currently being replenished very quickly. You are wasting water not just money. 

Scientific reality
Scientific reality

Let me know when you catch up.

Again, only "cleaned" water can be wasted.  We have facilities to clean water.

What you are saying when you say "don't waste water" is really "don't waste money", because it costs money to clean water.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Or in Lake Michigan, if you're in Dallas.

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