As the crow flies, Tulsa, Oklahoma, is about two thousand miles east of South Bend. This summer, however, the distance seems more like one trillion miles. While Tulsa has been unable to escape the grip of the worst drought in more than 50 years, our weather here has been delightful.
For one day -- yesterday -- we got a taste of the misery Oklahomans have been experiencing. For the first time this year, our high temperature exceeded 90 degrees. In fact, we sweltered under clear skies and a high of 97 sizzling degrees. The hot day offered a substantial shock to the system since the high two days earlier was a mere 64!
But this is where southwest Washington is no central Oklahoma. Our forecasted high for today is only around 75 degrees thanks, in part, to this morning's marine layer. If only Tulsa could be so lucky!
Our southern mates in Tulsa have had to live through 19 consecutive days of highs of 100 degrees or more (yesterday's high in Tulsa was a stifling 113). Their average high over this period is an eye-popping 106+ degrees! That puts South Bend's one day brush with 100 in proper perspective.
Yes, it was damn hot, but cool relief came only a few hours after sundown. By 9:00 pm, the temperature had fallen to 73 degrees on its way to an overnight low around 55.