Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.


10 Days

Another 100-degree day.

But, we may get a cold front arriving Saturday. A chance for rain and only 94 for the high.

Ooooh, rubbing down the goosebumps and digging out my parka.


  • At 3:07 PM, July 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Heat Wave of 1980
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    The Heat Wave of 1980 is among the most devastating natural disasters in terms of deaths and destruction in U.S. history. The Heat Wave of 1980 claimed anywhere between 1,250 and 10,000 lives. Also because of the massive drought, agricultural damage estimates neared US$44 billion (1998 dollars). It is among the billion-dollar weather disasters listed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    A strong high pressure ridge in the central and southern United States allowed temperatures to soar to 90°F (32°C) almost every day from June to September. The drought was also caused for this particular reason.

    In Kansas City, Missouri, the high temperature went below 90 only twice and soared above the century mark (100°F, 38°C) for 17 days straight. In Memphis, Tennessee, the temperature reached an all-time high of 108°F (42°C) on July 13, 1980, part of a 15-day stretch of temperatures above 100°F that lasted from July 6-20, 1980.

    In Dallas, Texas, high temperatures exceeded 100°F for 69 days between June 23 and September 6. Dallas reached an all-time high on June 26 and 27, soaring to 113°F (45°C) on both days. In the summer of 1980 in Dallas, there were 29 days that either tied or broke records for those respective dates. Wichita Falls, Texas would hit 119°F (48°C), the second-highest temperature ever recorded in Texas.

    On the northern rim of the high pressure ridge, several severe long-lived windstorms called derechos formed. The most notable was the "More Trees Down" Derecho that occurred on July 5. It raced from eastern Nebraska to Virginia in 15 hours, killing 6 and injuring about 70. The Western Wisconsin Derecho of July 15 caused extensive property damage.


  • At 4:21 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Army of Mom said…

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  • At 4:26 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Oops. I deleted a comment I made. I was thinking of a different post entry when I responded. Gees. Long day. Maybe the heat is getting to me. ;)

    I do, indeed, VIVIDLY recall that heat wave. I was a mere lass of 11 and playing in weekend softball tournaments EVERY weekend that summer. It was the summer we took fourth in North Texas and missed going to the state tournament by a couple of runs. *sigh*

    But, that was also the summer I was introduced to Gatorade. Ahh, the good old days. Me and my friends had no clue about the record heat and didn't really care. Our coaches let us jump in a swimming pool in our uniforms between games to cool off and just dry from the sun. Those were great days. Except the one tournament around the record heat days in late June when we wound up in the loser's bracket and had to play back-to-back-to-back games to get back in the championship game. That sucked.


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