It's been a good year for dandilions so far. I'd guess they're better able to cope with the heat and drought than other plants, such as my grass. We're not as plagued as some folks, but still we've had our share of work trying to keep our lawn free of the yellow peril. They're tricky, though: like, even if you pull em up when the flowers are small they can keep developing and morph into the dreaded puffball form days later. (Of course I never leave weeds lying around after I pull them up! I heard that fact from a friend.)
Also, sometimes they just grow sneaky, and come out with the puffball before you even get a chance to see that they're there. That happened to me the other day. Even worse, I saw the telltale white fluff when I was out with Rascal, and before I could react he ran right over the flower sending the hideous spores flying. It was just like in the movies when I dived through the air, screaming 'nooooooo...' in oddly distorted slow motion. After that I picked up every single fluffy seed, or at least all the ones I could find.
We might have dirt patches and clovers and some other little white flowers, but at least we're keeping the squibix family lawn dandilion free! Mostly.