By: dawgwriter , 2:37 AM GMT on July 02, 2012

Official rainfall totals from my rain gauge in Celina showed a total of .69 inches of rain in June. The 30-year average for June is 4.52.

We were behind almost 2.5 inches in May at my gauge, but the NWS station showed another half-inch deficit. A Nashville TV weather person said last week Celina was 8.32 inches in precipitation deficit for the year.

I have not added yearly totals, but that would seem to be fairly close.

The drought and record-setting high temperatures are sure coming at a bad time for gardens and crops, and there seems to be no significant rain in sight.

The highest recorded temperature from 1948-2012, according to the NWS, was 105 on 7/17/1980. According to the HORIZON weather station, we broke that in a big way on Saturday, with the high hitting 107.6 degrees. The NWS is showing last Friday (6-29-12) as the second-highest in that 64-year period, at 104 degrees. Saturday's high has not yet been recorded on the NWS site.

As difficult as things seem here, would we want to trade places with the folks involved in the Colorado wildfires, or those devastated by the storms in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic over the weekend? We need to keep them in our prayers.

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Dawgwriter is a longtime news, sports and freelance writer with a serious fixation on the weather. He is a weather recorder for CoCoRaHS.

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