More Of The Same To End June

Good Friday to one and all. Summer is doing its thing across the bluegrass state, bringing steamy temps and scattered storms to close out July. It’s a setup that should roll into the first full week of July as the thunderstorm action tries to ramp up a little bit.

Given this boring pattern taking shape, I’m going to be shaking the blogs up a bit and focusing on some other weather interests looking farther down the road.

But, let’s start with the what’s going on now. Temps are generally in the 90 degree range out there today, but humidity levels will make it feel several degrees toastier. A few showers and thunderstorms will kick in, especially in the afternoon and evening hours. Here are your trackers for the day…

Our weekend will feature more of the same. Blah.

I have no changes to the setup for our 4th of July week. A few rounds of showers and storms are likely to dive in from the northwest…

That’s NOT a pattern of constant rain, but a few rounds of storms may be on the strong side and put down heavy rains. Temps continue to run steamy.

As we head into the middle of summer, let’s get a status check of the ocean temperature numbers. Much of the waters in the Pacific and the Atlantic continue to run above normal…

Two things stand out on that map.  The first is the warm pool across northern Pacific. That’s something winter lovers hope continues through the fall and into the winter months. It’s something that was common during that extended run of harsh winters we had a few years ago.

The second is the warmer waters off the southeastern seaboard. That may help give a little extra fuel to any hurricanes that develop in the coming weeks and months. It also suggests the southeastern part of the country stays warmer than normal, putting Kentucky in the battle zone again. That argues for above normal rainfall continuing.

Something else that stands out is the recent decline in the weak El Nino in the equatorial Pacific. We have been in a weak El Nino for several months and that’s forecast to continue through the fall and winter…

Again, that’s a good look for winter lovers, but there are many other seasonal indices that can foul it up.

Make it a great Friday and take care.

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12 Responses to More Of The Same To End June

  1. Schroeder says:

    I’m a Winter person after Independence Day.

  2. Which Way is the Wind Blowing says:

    I really enjoyed reading the blog this morning.

  3. Schroeder says:

    Chris always has away to explain meteorology in terms that I can understand.

  4. Terry says:

    I know many don’t like 90 on here but my plants need some heat! It looks a little drier and hotter than the models were advertising for the weekend just a few days ago. Other than a few of us, a lot look to dry out some!

    • Terry says:

      I do have some cirrocumulus forming which is a great indicator of possible strong t-storm development later on.

  5. MarkLex says:

    I have the weirdest indoor thermometer “thing” that’s been going on for YEARS. All of the indoor thermometers completely skip 71F indoor temp. They will all go from 70 to 72F, or back from 72 to 70F completely skipping 71. What is it about 71 that my thermometers hate so much?

    • Schroeder says:

      Mark, you have a two degree temperature differential on your thermostat. Air conditioning calls for cooling when the temperature reaches 72 degrees and cut off at 70 degrees would be my guess.

  6. Schroeder says:

    Terry, yeah that’s right the farmers and the gardeners need though’s lost growing degree days from earlier. Here where I live the temperature has only been to 90 degrees one day and that was in May ! Mornings here are the best time to get any gardening done as the temperatures are in the mid 60’s so far. Dew points are beginning to increase to the upper 60’s and the afternoon highs have been in the mid to upper 80’s. A farmer friend of mine while I was growing up in Indiana told me if the Summer turns hot and dry the following Winter will be cold and snowy. Get this, it almost always panned out.

  7. Schroeder says:

    A rainbow appeared in the southeast sky last evening which was beautiful. The odd thing about it there wasn’t any rain before it formed. Go figure ??

  8. Schroeder says:

    Well my aging eyes are acting up, so I need to quit posting for today. Have a great afternoon and evening my weather friends !

  9. Terry says:

    And…it’s over! I was going on a 3 day dry streak but crashed and burned on Day 4!

  10. Jeff Hamlin says:

    My car thermometer was at 97 when I got home today just before 5pm. I live about three miles from where the Richmond storm hit.

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