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Welcome to Summer

Matt Ross @ 12:00 AM


Today, the first official day of summer, will be a very nice and comfortable June day with highs in the low 80s under partly sunny skies and light southwesterly winds. Today will be the 4th consecutive day of below average temperatures after 12 straight days of above normal temperatures. Wednesday through Friday look like a return to normal June temps before true summer heat returns this weekend with temperatures in the 90s. Stay tuned for just how hot it will get.

Image courtesy AccuWeather

Drought Conditions?

Although we have only seen .06" of rain over the past 2 weeks, we are still running a surplus for the year of over 2" or about 10% above normal. In fact, the last 3 months have all seen above normal precipitation. Furthermore, the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center issued their latest Seasonal Drought Outlook last week and did not indicate drought conditions for this area. Nevertheless, since summer heat can precipitate drought conditions rather quickly, the situation bears watching. Our last significant drought was in 1999 and before that 1986-88, the latter which came with major agricultural losses. Some of you may recall various water restrictions in the area during those summers. In fact, the summer of 1988 saw a 30 day period from June 10th to July 10th without any measurable precipitation. Hopefully we are not in the process of a repeat.

Weather Conference

Just a reminder that an excellent weather conference will be taking place on the weekend of July 29th - July 31st at the Sheraton Four Points near BWI. Both Jason and I will be in attendance, and our own Kevin Ambrose will be giving one of the presentations. The rest of the lineup is stellar as well including keynote speaker Paul Kocin of The Weather Channel. Time is running out so sign up quickly before it is too late.

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