July 22, 2011 by wcobserver
Summer Heat May be One for Record Books
By Susan McCarthy
COUNTY – Washington County joined 30 other counties in Arkansas in issuing a burn ban last week. High temperatures and little rain continue to be forecast as far as the eye can see.
Washington County Judge Marilyn Edwards issued the burn ban last week after consulting with Fire Marshal Dennis Ledbetter; a lack of rain and high temperatures were cited as reasons for the ban. The burn ban went into effect immediately and prohibits all outdoor burning.
Following record rainfall this spring, Northwest Arkansas has seen little rain over the past month and a half. Since June 1, Drake Field has only recorded just over an inch of rain, putting Northwest Arkansas nearly six inches below what it normally receives, according to Dan Skoff, Chief Meteorologist, KNWA and Fox 24.
What Drake Field hasn’t recorded in rainfall, it has more than recorded in scorching temperatures. Every day so far during the month of July has been over 90 degrees Skoff said and 20 days in June were over 90 degrees.
On Sunday, July 11, Drake Field recorded a record high when the mercury hit 102 degrees said Skoff., adding that the last time temperatures hit 102 degrees at Drake Field was 12 years ago on Aug. 11, 1999.
“As a matter of fact, I think this will be a summer for the record books,” said Skoff who added this summer has already knocked out many records set in 1954, another hot summer that set many records.