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Summer Persistence

Matt Ross @ 12:00 AM


Showers this morning will become more widespread and persistent this afternoon. Clouds and rain will keep high temperatures around 80 degrees. Today begins a period where our average high of 87 goes down a degree about every 5 to 6 days. In just over 30 days, we will average highs in the upper 70s and lows in the upper 50s, so a sign of relief for those tiring of the heat. Despite this, drier and warmer will be the trend as we head toward the weekend as temps creep up toward the 90s once again.

Ninety Degree Days Update

We have hit the 90 degree mark 25 times so far this summer, and look to add to that total later this week. While the unbelievable forty-eight 90 degree days in June, July, and August of 2002 are out of reach, I think chances are good that we will meet or surpass our 30 year average of thirty-one 90 degree days for the 3-month period. Once we hit mid to late September, 90 degree days are much harder to come by, and although we have hit 90 as late as October 11th, the next 4-5 weeks is the more reasonable window in which 90 degrees is a realistic possibility. Interestingly, the main reason for our above average June and July was not the 90 degree+ high temperatures, but rather the warm nighttime minimums. As the average high temperatures in both June and July were right around normal, it was the average lows, over 2 degrees above normal in both June and July, that were responsible for the above average temperatures in both months.

Hurricane Status

While Tropical Storm Harvey poses no threat to the US mainland, Tropical Depression Irene is something that merits watching. Official National Hurricane Center forecasts redevelop Irene into a Tropical Storm but recurve her out into the Atlantic Ocean. Nevertheless, there is some model suggestion that would take Irene closer to the US mainland. As this is something that would not occur until next week, stay tuned for further details when the time gets closer. The next named storm after Irene should it form will be Jose.

Above Image Courtesy of Accuweather

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