Historic Flash Flooding to End July
In a month when folks across New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland wondered if ongoing drought conditions would worsen due to a persistent dry and hot pattern, Mother Nature brought a very wet end to July. Due to a stalled frontal boundary and a plume of moisture rich air streaming from the Gulf of Mexico, widespread and beneficial rainfall fell on July 30th and 31st. Many received 0.5 – 2 inches of rain which helped ease drought concerns and saved many from finishing July with nearly 50% rainfall deficits.
What is Evapotranspiration?
From the big metro areas of Chicago, Indianapolis and Cincinnati to the farmland surrounded cities of Peoria, IL and Lafayette, IN, the late summer months can be quite oppressive. While urban heat islands provide plenty of heat, you might be sweating it out even more in the open fields. And with corn growing tall and strong in the Midwest in August, we believe we have found the right person (err...crop) to blame.
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Wet & Stormy July: Some Drought Relief
July has remained relatively dry across the Northeast (with some exceptions, we'll touch upon that later). As of July 26th, before the locally heavy thunderstorms that plagued the region for the last few days of the month, many areas dipped further into a drought. This resulted in some water restrictions for areas that depend on reservoirs as their main water source, such as in northern New Jersey, Long Island, and parts of Connecticut.
Turning Up the Heat...
Although we had a reprieve earlier in the week from the heat, Friday into early next week will put many in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast back into a heatwave. Starting with Friday, humidity levels will be increasing ahead of a front pressing in from the northwest. Many from DC to NYC will see temperatures in the 90 - 95 degree range with heat indices nearing 100. The front will also provide the risk of a few strong to even severe storms erupting late in the day and into the first half of the night, especially over New England.
Beat the Heat with Science!
Wow, it sure is hot out there and it's only going to get hotter! During an extended period of hot and humid days, it can be difficult (not to mention frustrating) to keep cool. To add to the aggravation, cooling costs can really add up and many may be reluctant to turn on the air conditioner. But what else can we do? Actually, some simple science may provide solutions to beat the heat.
Life In Front Of A TV Camera...
Meteorologist, a specialist who studies processes in the earth's atmosphere that cause weather conditions. Well, that's what I went to college for, but being a meteorologist on television, that's a different story. "But it's easy" they say, "you just get up in front of the camera, point and read your script". Ahh, comments from my loyal viewers, how they adore their local TV meteorologist.
What Will the Rest of Summer Hold for Indy?
After a warm and wet June, we have now completed the first third of meteorological summer (defined as June through August). Despite the above normal temperatures, the two hottest months of the year for the Indianapolis area are generally July and August. If you recall our 2016 Summer Forecast, which we issued in the middle of May, we predicted this year would be a hot one overall. So with one month in the books, have our expectations changed for the rest of the summer across central Indiana?
2016 SIMA Symposium Wrap-Up
With great excitement and anticipation, our meteorologists headed to Providence, RI for the 19th annual SIMA symposium and this year’s show did not disappoint. From the welcome reception to the trade show, it was a pleasure catching up with current clients, meeting new people and showcasing all the weather services we have to offer.
Noticing the Lack of Rain?
As we head into the middle of July, many are noticing the grass turning brown across much of the Northeastern US. Even though we have had rainfall from scattered thunderstorms, the lack of significant, widespread rainfall has triggered abnormally dry conditions, with even patches of moderate to severe drought developing across northern NJ, CT, MA, and NH. While the drought is nothing overly concerning right now, long range specialist Brian Marmo’s summer forecast calls for a drier than normal July and August.