Ok, true story. I was on the phone with my best friend and I said, "I'm just going to publish that it was 104 degrees until I can catch the news. I know it had to be 104 today. I can just tell."
Of course I was going to go back and get the official high for the day. My gut instict told me that it was easily 104 and I usually update my weather articles throughout the day -- starting at noon. But I wanted to get my story published and I went with my gut.
It was officially 104 today. No kidding. And the 31% humidity was a bonus.
I think I may have received my unofficial meteorology degree today. But don't worry Steve McCauley and Pete Delkus. Your jobs are still safe.
Slight Chance of Rain
A slight chance of rain is better than no chance of rain. The chance of rain is for either Friday night or Saturday morning. Storms will likely collapse as opposed to firing up and giving us a monsoon.
Excessive Heat Warning
An Excessie Heat Warning has been in effect every day for the past couple of weeks and it has been extended until 9 p.m. Thursday -- it's just dangerously hot. Take extra precaution when going outdoors, take water with you when you're out driving around -- just in case. Check on your elderly neighbors too.
Energy Demands Still High
ERCOT says DFW still needs to watch energy use and conserve when possible -- but so far it's keeping up with the demand on the energy grid. It's a no-brainer to unplug your unused appliances and do your laundry before 3 p.m. or after 7 p.m.
How to Get Assistance with High Energy Bills
Some North Texans are struggling with high utilities bills. The good news is there's healp out there. On Tuesday, you can call 972-988-8888 until 6:30 p.m. and speak with an energy expert. Find out how to get assistance with paying an energy bill or how to save energy and reduce your utility bills.
Will My Power Be Cut Off if I can't Pay my Bill?No electricity provider in DFW will cut off power if you can't pay the bill because we are in an Extreme Heat Advisory for non-payment. After the heat advisory is over, people need to talk to social services about assistance. Call 2-1-1 for more info.
Biggest Energy-Saving Tip of All
If you're not at home, set your air conditioner at 78 or higher.
WEATHER SCOREBOARD Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Number of Days of 100 degrees or higher in DFW in 2011: 47
Consecutive Days of 100 degrees or higher in 2011: 40
Days over 100 Degrees in 1980: 69
Consecutive Days Over 100 in 1980: 42
Friday: 101 *this will tie the record set back in 1980.
Saturday:100* this will set a new record.
And pray for rain.