The other unusual fact is that it has been raining. I always complained that I didn't mind the heat -- even the dozens of days of 100F+ -- what I minded was the drought. All of central Texas is still in a drought, and our suburb has been under Stage 2 water restrictions (which I wrote about in detail here) for over a year. But for the last month or more it has rained fairly regularly, maybe every 5-14 days.
At 5 pm I checked the rain gauge I had given Phil for his birthday.
Three inches of rain in about 3 hours. Impressive.