Getting back to “normal” summer weatherJuly 16th, 2012 by Matthew Leach
I don’t know if it’s a bad thing that I’m saying this but…I’m going to miss the storms and active weather! Notice how meteorologists NEVER complain when a storm is coming. In fact, that very storm could be termed as their paycheck, so if anything storms are what weather geeks live for.
It’s felt a bit humid/muggy the past few days, but luckily we’re going to start drying out and keeping things relatively normal for at least the next 5 days or so. I say “relatively” because what’s normal to us is not exactly what could be termed as normal to the rest of the nation. Take a look at today’s high temperature map from Intellicast.com:
Notice how there are only a few locations cooler than us, namely central/southern California and northern Minnesota. The nation as a whole is going through a mighty hot period right now, and depending on whether you consider it good or bad news, we’ll struggle to make it past 80 degrees this week. I know, I know, I’m still waiting for our record breaking heatwave Who can forget the triple digit readings in July 2009? Anyone want to repeat that?
Back to the present, we’ll see mostly clear skies tonight except for the chance for a stray thunderstorm or two that could pop out anytime between now and tomorrow afternoon. These pesky systems are hard to track, and they seem to come at random, so just be warned you may see flashes of lightning accompanied by loud claps of thunder tonight. Lows will dip into the upper 50s.
Tomorrow will remain mostly sunny with, again, the chance for an afternoon thundershower. Highs will warm into the upper 70s to near 80 degrees.
With onshore flow a little stronger, Wednesday will feature more in the way of cloud cover with highs cooling back into the mid 70s, but it looks like we’ll make a gradual warming trend as we approach the weekend, and we may see much warmer weather by early next week. Too early to tell just yet as models have been flip-flopping almost as bad as they do in the winter, so stay tuned.
For now, be safe and enjoy your Monday evening!