Despite the heat, Fort Worth is still beautiful. | Photo by @jacobsudhoff
Today is the autumnal equinox — the first day of fall when the sun is directly over the Equator and day and night are approximately the same length of time. While the weather may not feel quite like fall, we’re cruising toward October. Let’s take a look back at this summer in Fort Worth.
☀️ Searing sun stats
We asked y’all how many 100-degree days you thought we’d have this summer. Twenty-seven readers answered our survey, guessing anywhere from 11-77 days. So far this year, we’ve had 47 days at or above 100 degrees + 21 of those were consecutive from Sat., July 16-Fri., Aug. 5.
It was a scorching summer of extreme heat advisories and drought conditions with only 10.4 inches of rainfall from the beginning of the year until Mon., Aug. 1 — compared to the usual 22+ inches.
💧 Rain for days
But that all changed last month with record-setting rains. On Mon., Aug. 22, 9.19 inches of rain fell at DFW Airport — the second highest 24-hour precipitation total in North Texas, only after a 9.57-inch rainfall on Sept. 5, 1932.
Torrential downpours and uncontrolled flood waters led to state, county, and local flood disaster declarations that access federal assistance for relief and repair work.
🍁 Looking forward to fall
The late summer rains led to cooler weather — during which Fort Worthians may or may not have gotten overzealous with the scented candles and fall decorations — averaging 80 degrees for the first half of September.
Fort Worth Locals | Thurs., Sept. 22 | 4-7 p.m. | Toro Toro, 200 Main St. | $4+ | It pays to be a Fort Worthian — show your Fort Worth driver’s license to indulge in $4 draft Texas beers and $7 Texas-based spirits.
Live Music | Fri., Sept. 23-Sun., Sept. 25 | 6-9 p.m. | Sundance Square | Dance the night away during Hispanic Heritage Month with Hedras Ramos Latin Jazz Trio Fusion Latina w/ Salsa at the Garden + Carlos Averhoff Jr.
Jambalaya Jam | Fri., Sept. 23 | 6 p.m. | Lola’s Saloon, 2000 W. Berry St. | $20+ | Wayne Toups & Squeezebox Bandits are serving up songs and Cajun seasoning.
Cole Swindell | Sat., Sept. 24 | 10 p.m. | Billy Bob’s Texas | $51+ | Catch the country music singer-songwriter from Glennville, GA at the biggest honky-tonk in the world.
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At FTWtoday, we love everything about fall — except the inevitable allergy spike. (No, it’s not just you — allergies are much worse these days.) But — news flash — you don’t have to suffer (read: sneeze) in silence. 🤧
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The Fort Worth ISD board of trustees has officially hired a new superintendent. In Tuesday’s meeting, the board unanimously signed a three-year contract with Angélica Ramsey with a $335,000 annual salary. Angélica started her first day yesterday after moving from Midland ISD. 🏫 (Fort Worth Report)
Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day, but in case you missed it, there’s still time. Check out Tarrant County’s guidelines to register for the Tues., Nov. 8 midterm elections. Registration closes Tues., Oct. 11 + early voting opens Mon., Oct. 24. 🗳
StoneHawk Capital Partners has requested a zoning change for 2212 E. 4th St. downtown. The developer wants to increase the zoning to allow for an additional 1,346 multifamily units to be constructed on the property adjacent to its current project, The Grayson, a 336-unit luxury apartment building. 🏗 (Dallas Business Journal)
The WestBend shopping center announced that it is 99% leased. The future home of Van Leeuwen Ice Cream totals 278,000 sqft and will bring Sweetgreen, Shake Shack, the Shade Store + Quince to the University area by the end of the year.
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The city is planning a mobility study for the Historic Stockyards. With the development of Mule Alley and upcoming hotels, the area has become congested with pedestrians and cars. The study will start next month and carry on through May 2023. 🚗 (NBC DFW)
The Chisholm Trail Community Center (4936 McPherson Blvd.) has kicked off a new comprehensive recreation program. Dream Club offers activities for people of all abilities (ages 9-24) every other Saturday at 11 a.m. View the schedule + volunteer.
Pentatonix will be home for the holidays. The Arlington-born acappella group is setting off on its “A Christmas Spectacular!” 2022 tour and will stop at Dickies Arena on Tues., Nov. 22 with folk trio Girl Named Tom. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m.
Kelly Clarkson, who was born in Cowtown and raised in Burleson, was honored with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on Monday. The singer and television host has risen to stardom after winning the first season of American Idol 20 years ago + now has a star next to Harry Potter. ⭐️ (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
Baseball legend Maury Willspassed away at 89 on Monday. The former Los Angeles Dodger was the first black player for the Fort Worth Cats minor league team in 1955. His son Bump Wills played five seasons for the Texas Rangers in the 1970s + 1980s. (KRLD 1080)
Amazon’s “Thursday Night Football” broke records for new Prime memberships last week, with more sign-ups over a three hour periodto view the Chiefs-Chargers game than on Prime Day, Black Friday, or Cyber Monday. Tonight’s game? Steelers vs. Browns. Join the party with a 30-day free Prime Video trial. 🏈 (CNBC)*
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Fly in style in the new luxury suites on American Airlines. | Rendering provided by American Airlines
American Airlines has released renderings of its new premium seating for long-haul flights. The Fort Worth-based airline will premiere the Flagship Suite seats and upgraded aircraft interiors starting in 2024.
The Airbus A321XLR and Boeing 787-9 fleets will soon have private seating with a door, chaise lounge seating option + more personal storage for international travel. When they are completed, the upgrades will make the upcoming daily non-stop flights from DFW Airport to Auckland, NZ much more comfortable.
The airline will also refresh its Boeing 777-300ER fleet with updated interiors for long-haul international routes. The plane is currently used to fly from DFW Airport to London Heathrow twice daily.
The revamp will include retrofits to increase the long-haul fleet’s premium seating 45% by 2026.
Today’s issue was written by Kate.
Editor’s pick: Fun fact: M. Night Shyamalan’s “Signs” is one of my favorite movies. My mom and I have been watching it together for years and still gasp every time. While I like alien movies, I have no desire for a real life occurence.
Luckily, the UFO that some residents thought they saw on Monday night turned out to be a satellite. FOX4 reported that SpaceX’s Starlink soared through the night sky + if you peak out your window at 6 a.m. today — right when you receive this newsletter — you might be able to spot it.
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