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2009 shatters heat record (Austin, TX.)
Austin American Statesman ^ | 8.30.2009 | Chuck Lindell

Posted on 08/30/2009 12:33:29 PM PDT by wolfcreek

This is already the hottest summer in Austin's history — shattering the previous record — but the sweltering city might not be done setting dubious milestones in 2009.

Two more days of triple digits will tie the record for the most 100-degree temperatures in a year: 69 days of lawn-killing, air conditioner-straining heat. A typical year has 12 triple-digit days. The 1925 record appears safe for at least the next few days, with highs forecast in the 90s.

(Excerpt) Read more at statesman.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: dry; heatwave; hot; morehot; summer
For the whiners up North.
1 posted on 08/30/2009 12:33:30 PM PDT by wolfcreek
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To: SwinneySwitch; Arrowhead1952; basil; davetex

We’re hot and We know it Ping!


2 posted on 08/30/2009 12:35:14 PM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: wolfcreek

Meanwhile, this am, it was in the high 40s here in Iowa. The farmers are sweating the crops becoming mature before the frost. I think we’re 15 degrees below normal.


3 posted on 08/30/2009 12:37:08 PM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma (Al Franken--the face of the third-party voters)
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To: wolfcreek

Back in college I could live rather cheap in Austin without AC.


4 posted on 08/30/2009 12:39:36 PM PDT by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: wolfcreek

Now the liberals in Austin can finally bitch about global warming.


5 posted on 08/30/2009 12:41:09 PM PDT by max americana (i)
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To: max americana
Now the liberals in Austin can finally bitch about global warming.

No, they would rather bitch about the escalating real estate prices, the condo towers that are being built downtown and all the a-holes from around the country that want to move here.

6 posted on 08/30/2009 12:43:30 PM PDT by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

I actually feel bad for the farmers/ranchers here and elsewhere who are experiencing unusual weather.

Sick of listening to people who don’t have a stake in the weather conditions.

We go to cool spots to vacation (NM, CO, etc) Northerners should come to Texas for warmth. (just for vacation though)


7 posted on 08/30/2009 12:49:06 PM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: wolfcreek

We’ve sure enjoyed the cool mornings the past few days. Enough so that I’ve shut off the a/c and opened the windows for a while - up until it reaches about 80 outside. I may start shutting down and opening up at sundown here soon since I’ve almost accustomed myself to sleeping at 80 degrees anyway to save on the electricity - the nights seem to be getting much cooler.


8 posted on 08/30/2009 12:50:59 PM PDT by Grumpybutt (Common Sense - where has it gone?)
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To: trumandogz

Hey now, I bitch about those thing too. (we live outside the Liberal enclave in Williamson county)

Actually, a Liberal is the reason for those condos and the high cost of living. Wynn wanted 25,000 additional souls living downtown.


9 posted on 08/30/2009 12:54:44 PM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: wolfcreek

Hey Wolf, at least we didn’t have to mow!!! I just hope my yard comes back next year. I’m sure it’s done for this year.
Most of the farmers over here on this side just plowed everything back into the soil, it just wasn’t worth trying to keep going.


10 posted on 08/30/2009 1:00:23 PM PDT by davetex (If it's in stock, we've got it.)
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To: wolfcreek; MeekOneGOP

But the Austinites’ brains were fried years ago.


11 posted on 08/30/2009 1:02:25 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (I wonder why Solomon Ortiz (TX-27) is so afraid of talking with his constituents?)
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To: wolfcreek

One good thing about the high real estate prices in Austin is that they are pushing people out of East Austin and into P-Ville and Round Rock. With that crime in Austin has decreased or been level while the same cannot be said for our northern suburbs.


12 posted on 08/30/2009 1:02:27 PM PDT by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: wolfcreek
Just rode the Hotter-N-Hell 100 in Wichita Falls Texas... It was 64 degrees at the start and was only 90 when I finished. That's a whole lot better than 3 years ago when it was 108 by 11 a.m.

Temps vary.. I guess more CO2 emissions in holistic Austin than oil drilling Wichita Falls.

gee, go figure.

13 posted on 08/30/2009 1:02:47 PM PDT by erman (Outside of a dog, a book is man's best companion. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.)
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To: wolfcreek

Maybe I’ve been too busy to notice, but it hasn’t seemed warmer than normal to me except for those days when it spiked earlier than usual in July. We were talking at work that August hasn’t seemed as hot as usual. There’s almost been a nip in the air the last two mornings.


14 posted on 08/30/2009 1:03:42 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: wolfcreek

And we’ve had the coolest summers in years for two years in a row.


15 posted on 08/30/2009 1:10:09 PM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: McLynnan

Pretty darn chilly here today. Temperature won’t go over 95 for sure(now where did I hide my overcoat)


16 posted on 08/30/2009 1:11:14 PM PDT by shadeaud ("If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten." -- George Carlin)
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To: trumandogz

Round Rock = donuts :)


17 posted on 08/30/2009 1:12:02 PM PDT by Guenevere
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To: trumandogz

Gonna be hard to *keep Austin weird* with all the Californians and Yankees taking up all the housing. LOL!

(or maybe just a different brand of weird)


18 posted on 08/30/2009 1:15:24 PM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: wolfcreek

In winter, western cities that are surrounded by mountains sometimes get an inversion layer of smog, of warm, dirty air that cannot rise through a layer of cold air above it.

A Russian industrial city had a dangerously bad version of a winter inversion layer, and came up with a novel solution. Big, black, tethered balloons.

When the sun hit the balloons, the skin of the balloons got hot, and gave off a column of hot air that went straight up from the balloons, and punched holes through the inversion layer like a straw. The trapped warm air below followed it up, taking the pollution with it, and allowing clean, cold air to come in and take its place.


19 posted on 08/30/2009 1:16:22 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: wolfcreek

What is weird is even with all the migration to Austin, the city still votes heavy Democrat, in fact Democrats are increasing their share of the vote in Austin and Travis County.

In my West Austin precinct in the 2008 GOP primaries I waited in line for one minute to vote. My wife who was with me waited in line for an hour and a half to vote in the Dem Primary.


20 posted on 08/30/2009 1:22:09 PM PDT by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: trumandogz

what’s so weird about that... most immigrants from Cali and up North are dems. they want Texas to “learn” how to be progressive. Just like the sh#t holes they came from.


21 posted on 08/30/2009 1:24:42 PM PDT by erman (Outside of a dog, a book is man's best companion. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.)
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To: trumandogz
(2008) waited in line for an hour and a half to vote in the Dem Primary.

Wonder how much of that was due to 'Operation Chaos' from the Ditto heads out there.

22 posted on 08/30/2009 1:25:26 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: shadeaud

LOL, it’s really cold here — 91!


23 posted on 08/30/2009 1:30:47 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: tflabo
Wonder how much of that was due to 'Operation Chaos' from the Ditto heads out there.

My precinct, which is made up of homes that start at around 500k and go up to 3M voted 78% for Obama over McCain-Palin.

So I do not think there were a lot of Operation Chaos participants in my neck of the woods.

24 posted on 08/30/2009 1:32:42 PM PDT by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: wolfcreek

What a bunch of crybabies...A month ago I pulled into a Costco in Desert Palms, California to get gas. The thermometer under the pump canopy read 126! LOL!


25 posted on 08/30/2009 3:56:57 PM PDT by Mister Muggles
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I don’t think any year could be hotter in Austin than 1985.

It was 101 degrees - on Halloween - night - at 10.30.

Now that was a brutal summer.


26 posted on 08/30/2009 4:09:00 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: McLynnan
There’s almost been a nip in the air the last two mornings.

Yup, the past 2 mornings gave us a little glimpse of Autumn, I do believe. I think the worst is finally over, thank heavens.

27 posted on 08/30/2009 4:55:17 PM PDT by leilani
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To: wolfcreek

I wonder if they are measuring the temperature right above the concrete.


28 posted on 08/30/2009 5:19:39 PM PDT by RolandTignor
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To: wolfcreek

News from the Peoples Republic of Austin.

Meanwhile, the rest of Texas has seen a pretty mild summer - cooler than usual, actually.


29 posted on 08/30/2009 6:35:19 PM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: wolfcreek; txhurl; lormand; ValerieTexas

Hot weather ping. We missed triple digits the past two days.


30 posted on 08/31/2009 4:36:57 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Jimmy Carter - now the second worst POTUS ever. BHO has #1 spot in his sights.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

It’s now *tolerable* outside.

If we don’t break the all-time record, oh well...


31 posted on 08/31/2009 4:45:17 AM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: wolfcreek
For the whiners up North.

No whining here, I'll gladly take it.

Its 46 at my house right now in S.E. Mich., tying an alltime record low.......

32 posted on 08/31/2009 4:48:31 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Who's your Long Legged MacDaddy?)
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To: davetex

We bought a riding mower 2 years ago (with the Bush rebate) and have used it about 6 or 7 times. (already had to replace the battery)

We’re ready when the weather pattern changes.


33 posted on 08/31/2009 5:05:02 AM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Ya’ll might escape the coming brutal winter. (If you’re lucky)

http://www.kdkaradio.com/Accuweather-Releases-Winter-Forecast/4816311


34 posted on 08/31/2009 5:10:49 AM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: wolfcreek

I feel for the folks who are suffering.
Here in west Georgia it’s been one of the coolest
summers I can remember.
We went through a period in the 80s when we had
two months of +100 temps, it was horrible!


35 posted on 08/31/2009 5:13:04 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68

I know ya’ll are coming out of a serious drought.

Same here in South Texas. Combine the dry with the heat and they feed off each other.


36 posted on 08/31/2009 5:22:58 AM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: leilani
"...I think the worst is finally over, thank heavens. ..."

You can say that again!

They say suffering builds character. Well, I'm done with my 4-month character-building exercise. Bring on the cool!

37 posted on 08/31/2009 7:03:03 AM PDT by I Buried My Guns
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To: Redbob
Meanwhile, the rest of Texas has seen a pretty mild summer - cooler than usual, actually.

I was born, raised, and continue to live in (San Antonio) Texas. This is the hottest summer I have seen.

38 posted on 08/31/2009 9:07:23 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: wolfcreek
Ya’ll might escape the coming brutal winter. (If you’re lucky)

Well, we did have a real cold one last year and due to the cycles I suspect we have several more, maybe a few more ahead of us.......

39 posted on 08/31/2009 11:13:15 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Who's your Long Legged MacDaddy?)
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To: wolfcreek
Accuweather's Joe Bastardi

Do a google on that guy, he has an interesting history. Ex-professional body builder and one time coach for the olympic wrestling team I belive.

40 posted on 08/31/2009 11:16:36 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Who's your Long Legged MacDaddy?)
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To: erman

Just rode the Hotter-N-Hell 100 in Wichita Falls Texas...


Any estimate on the turnout this year?.... Hope you did well and enjoyed the ride.


41 posted on 08/31/2009 11:16:59 AM PDT by deport
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To: wolfcreek
Yep. Temps are moderating now, though. Down into the mid to low 90s this week. The drought is the real killer. As you know, area lakes are between 20-30' below normal pool. We have several neighbors relatively new to Texas who are throwing in the towel and moving out due to the heat.

God Bless Texas!

42 posted on 08/31/2009 11:18:47 AM PDT by TADSLOS (Proud FR Mobster)
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To: TADSLOS

“We have several neighbors relatively new to Texas who are throwing in the towel and moving out due to the heat.”

I’ve heard an exceptional number of people tell me the same. Can’t deal with this heat.

My Wife works with a bunch of Yankees who said they would never go back to shoveling snow all winter.

Guess it takes all kinds?


43 posted on 08/31/2009 11:26:47 AM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: wolfcreek

Dallas area has not been as bad this year, I don’t think, even though we’re just a few hours away.


44 posted on 08/31/2009 11:32:33 AM PDT by babyfreep
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To: wolfcreek

Still, not nearly as hot as Phoenix or Las Vegas can get. I remember spending time in Phoenix during August several years ago and it was around 115 and hovering at triple digits all through the night. Not even close to Iraq either, with its 130 degree heat. I remember donning my son’s 40+ pound kevlar, LCE and body armor before he went to Iraq and knowing that our troops wear this stuff all day and night in those conditions. So, 102-105 ain’t so bad when put in context.


45 posted on 08/31/2009 11:37:19 AM PDT by TADSLOS (Proud FR Mobster)
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To: deport
Any estimate on the turnout this year?.... Hope you did well and enjoyed the ride.

About 13,000 people. I finished without falling this year and improved by an hour. That was my fourth one and I can't tell you how enjoyable it was to go with some good friends and just ride. I'll tell you, that we said a prayer before we drove out there and we checked in on Thursday with NO LINE, got my goodie bag, found a place for our Motorhome and then the weather was perfect with cool temps, no flats and a tailwind at the end... what a great time. The Big Criterion Rider upstairs truly blessed us this year.

I'm trying to finish in the top 50 next year for my age group, but I doubt I could finish in the top 50 for the 70+ women.. yikes!!!! There are some real beasts out there.

I hope you had a great ride. Did you stop at that bar for beer at mile 98..... I swear it's the devil trying to keep riders from finishing...hahahahahahaha...

I don't think I could have sat down, had a beer and then finished. The worst part of the ride for me is that last hill on the bridge heading into downtown... it fakes you out.

46 posted on 08/31/2009 12:32:07 PM PDT by erman (Outside of a dog, a book is man's best companion. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.)
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To: babyfreep

I’d say just 20 or 30 miles to the north of us, isn’t even in a drought. There’s like this *evil* line where the rain and in turn, cooler temps won’t cross.

It’s creepy!


47 posted on 08/31/2009 12:55:54 PM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: erman

Thanks for the info. Sounds like you had a great time and the event was excellent. I’ve never been but have wanted to go. I’ve been thru Whitcha Falls and have thought about the ride, the rolling hills, the temp/humidity, etc. Hope you have many more successful rides.


48 posted on 08/31/2009 1:28:38 PM PDT by deport
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