Last month was the 34th-warmest June in Oklahoma since the start of record-keeping in 1895. Is this news? Yes, because we all expected a terrible summer three-peat.
We may yet have one, but for now the news is that in much of the state June was only the 56th driest on record statewide and one of the wettest ever in some areas. As July 1 arrived, the forecasted high for Oklahoma City was 82 while in Portland, Ore. it was expected to be 94 and in the southern Oregon city of Medford the thermometer was expected to hit 107.
We know this won’t last. We’ll warm up. Portland will cool down. What’s making the weather news this week are the baking temperatures of the Southwest, not the mild conditions in Oklahoma and Texas, the Heat Bowl of 2011 and 2012.
In the green city of Portland, we’re confident, extant belief in anthropogenic global warming has reached a fever pitch. Here? We’re chilling out while we can and remembering that every year in Oklahoma brings weather challenges along with a few magnificent days.