The middle to end of August here in Texas are the dog days. Triple digit highs, night time lows in the upper 90's, barely a breath of wind, clouds non-existent. Being outside is a challenge, and can be fatal. You have to wear a wide brimmed hat, shorts, sandals, t-shirt with sleeves cut off. Drinking water is a must. Cold water or ice tea is about as good as it gets. Beer sounds good, but isn't, it just dehydrates you and makes you feel bad. We're used to this, it happens every year - in spite of the fact that nearly everyone complains about it as though it had never happened before.
But a week ago a cold front spread across Texas like fog spread across California. Holy cow, we had rain! In August! Two big storms on separate days dumped rain over much of the state. Good long soaking rains, not just brief thundershowers. Temperatures plummeted all the way down to the lower 70's at night, and to the middle 90's during the day. We had to break out the parkas and mukluks. Believe it or not, but there were a few hours that we could turn off the air-conditioning and open the windows. Twice I drove into work without the AC running. This has to be a record.
The temps are still low, upper 90's during the day, but they are creeping back up again. This has been a superbly wonderful break, cooler than Elvis.
It has temporarily changed the fishing patterns. Look for an upcoming newsletter where I describe some of the changes.