Graham: Beating the Heat Wave

As the temperatures continue to soar in West Texas, many residents are feeling the heat wave that has settled over the region. According to NOAA’s climate projections, there is a high chance of 60 to 70 percent above-average temperatures in the area for the next three months, with less-than-normal precipitation. This forecast has left many feeling disheartened about the scorching weather ahead.

For those like cowgirl Ashton Graham, the heat wave poses unique challenges, especially when working on the ranch. Despite the soaring temperatures, tasks such as gathering cattle and preparing meals for large groups must go on, making it essential to find ways to stay cool and safe in the sweltering heat.

One strategy Ashton employs is taking advantage of the cooling power of water, such as soaking a bandana and wearing long sleeves and pants made of sun-protective materials. Staying hydrated is also crucial, with Ashton recommending starting the day with a glass of water with lemon to replenish electrolytes lost through perspiration.

However, it’s not just about staying cool but also recognizing the signs of heat-related illnesses. Heat emergencies like heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke can escalate quickly if left untreated. Ashton advises being aware of the symptoms and taking immediate action to prevent any serious complications.

In conclusion, as the summer heat wave continues to impact the region, it’s essential to take proactive measures to stay safe and cool. Whether it’s hydrating, wearing sun-protective clothing, or recognizing the signs of heat-related illnesses, being prepared is key to enjoying the summer months ahead. Stay safe and beat the heat this summer.

If you have any tips or thoughts on staying cool during a heat wave, feel free to share them with Ashton Graham at Stay updated with her newsletter “Maintaining Balance” at