July 18th, 2011
Back from vacation, where we witnessed the slow-motion disaster of the Missouri River flood, we find ourselves settling into a summer sauna that is just a little beyond typical, even for Texas.
Nearly the entire state is suffering from either drought, protracted excessive heat or both.
The extreme temperatures began in June, sweeping across the South, from Arizona to Florida, and threaten to continue through August. Starting late last week, the heat wave spread across the Midwest, singeing Northern cities like Chicago and Minneapolis (which sampled 103 in June) unaccustomed to triple digits.