My lens last Wednesday evening was pointing from my mom's yard toward St. Louis, as God painted a beautiful sunset. It marked the end of a September heat wave, but not before the day's 98-degree temperature broke the old record of 97 for that date. I posted a few lines on Facebook about it, and one of my Facebook friends said it was 98 in Texas – after its own cool front moved in. I smiled and then wondered about record highs in St. Louis and in Texas towns, since I have strong ties with the Lone Star State. My grandfather was a Texas senator, and I found that the record temp in the state capital of Austin is 112, which occurred on Aug. 28, 2011. My father was born in Houston, where the hottest temperature ever recorded was 109 on Sept. 4, 2000. My brother and his wife and my niece, live in The Woodlands, just north of Houston, so they got to enjoy that nice heat wave. My nephew lives in San Antonio, where the hottest day was Sept. 5, 2000, when it hit 111. But none of those cities has ever reached the 115 that St. Louis experienced on July 14, 1954. I will concede, however, that Texas can get broiling hot, and the hottest days on record there were recorded on Aug. 12, 1936, in Seymour, and on June 28, 1994, in Monahans. How hot? 120!
T.E. Griggs is a writer, editor and photographer and a retired U.S. Marine.