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Oklahoma drought: What will this summer bring?

What will this summer bring? Join us for a live chat at 10 a.m. Tuesday to talk about heat and drought across the state.
by Bryan Painter Modified: July 8, 2013 at 2:12 pm •  Published: July 8, 2013
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/articleid/3860145/1/pictures/2153712">Photo - DROUGHT / HEAT / SUMMER / HOT WEATHER: Field of unharvested corn baking in the sun on Britton Road east of Midwest Boulevard in Oklahoma City Tuesday, July 3, 2012. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman
DROUGHT / HEAT / SUMMER / HOT WEATHER: Field of unharvested corn baking in the sun on Britton Road east of Midwest Boulevard in Oklahoma City Tuesday, July 3, 2012. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman

And in 2011, Oklahomans experienced the hottest summer in terms of statewide average for any state since records began in 1895, with a statewide average of 86.8 degrees. Early reports showed Texas with the hottest summer, but the NationalClimaticDataCenter continued to study information.

Not only did Oklahoma beat its own record for the previous hottest summer of 85.2 degrees from 1934, it destroyed it by 1.6 degrees. In fact, Oklahoma now owns five of the 10 (11 with a tie) hottest summers across the U.S. since 1895.

So, what will this summer bring? Feel free to ask McManus his thoughts during Tuesday's live chat on NewsOK.com/Weather.

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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