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The main weather story for Texas this July was excessive rain at the beginning followed by the extremely warm summer temperatures, often reaching 100 degrees for weeks consecutively. The National Weather Service had to give heat advisories often this month. Heavy power usage caused an electrical spike, leaving 12,000 people with no power for a couple days in Ector County. Four people died in El Paso due to the heat. Three of the deaths were from heat stroke and the fourth was from heat exposure. One hiker died from a heat stroke in a Texas park. Lastly, four children died in hot cars, each from different states and one was a 2-year- old boy from Texas.

A couple times during the month, Saharan dust made its way over the Atlantic Ocean to Texas, and brought more quiet tropical activity. On July 4 th , the DFW area experienced a record rain event. During the storms, lightning struck two buildings and caused fires. No injuries from the event were reported, though 55,000 people were left with no power. A reported 400 plus acres total were flooded in Austin and Houston as a result of late June/early July rains.

Excessive rain early in July, followed by a prolonged period of dry conditions, took its toll on farmers. Non-irrigated fields in areas seeing little rain are dealing with partial to near total losses. Rice farmers are seeing highs over 100 degrees and lows above 77 degrees, not allowing plants stressed during the day any reprieve at night. Excessive heat is also lowering the quality of livestock, which are spending more time cooling than feeding, and lowering hay quality. Regions that did see rain were impacted by hail and excess saturation; at one farm about 300 peach trees were examined and they could not find any peaches worthy to save and sell. The B&G Gardens in Poolville lost 60% of their peach crop due to worms because they were unable to spray their 240 trees from excess water.

The development of flash drought was a concern in many parts of Texas during July, as many places had not seen more than half an inch of rainfall since the beginning of June, notably in northeast Texas near Texarkana. Drought conditions progressively worsened throughout the month as areas went longer and longer with no rainfall. Wildfires due to high surface evaporation were common throughout the month, including Del Valle, where 10 acres were burned.
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