An unusual pattern for late July

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MAIN THREATS

At this time, there are no foreseeable threats this week

SUMMARY

The pattern we are currently in is similar to weather patterns we may find ourselves in during the late spring. So, this is about 8-10 weeks later than usual. Therefore, we’ll see highs that are below normal and precip that is above normal. The culprit is a big upper-level low spinning unusually far south. Normally, these systems are hundreds of miles to our north this time of year, but this year the pattern is unusually far south.

Expect scattered showers and isolated t-storms both today and tomorrow. We’ll likely only pick up light rain amounts. The clouds will be persistent today, with only a few breaks in the clouds from time to time. The same will likely be true for tomorrow, though we may see a few more peaks of the sun.

By Wednesday, this system pulls to the east enough to give us partly cloudy skies, but we’ll still have to hold on to a chance for a shower.

Thursday and Friday look sunnier and drier, with Thursday being the drier of the two days. That 30% chance of rain on Friday will come with another cold front. This time, moisture looks like it will be much more limited than what we saw with this past Friday’s active system, so widespread thunderstorms are not expected at this time.

DISCUSSION

The extended outlooks continue to keep us in a pattern of below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. So, if you don’t like super hot summers, you’ll love this extended outlook, especially since this is often the hottest part of summer for us.

Temperature outlook for the end of July and first part of August.

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Precipitation outlook for the same time period.

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TROPICS

The tropics remain quiet, with no foreseeable development in sight. We are nearing the most active part of the season, so stay tuned!

RECORDS

Speaking of hurricanes, on this day wayyyyyyy back in 1788, George Washington recorded in his diary that the center of a hurricane passed directly over his Mount Vernon home. This was long before we ever gave hurricane names. Along the coast, the hurricane hit Norfolk, VA pretty hard, destroying homes and flattening crops.

On this day in 1987 thunderstorms dropped a whopping 10 inches of rain in only six and a half hours in Minneapolis, Minnesota! Nearly five and a half inches of that fell in two hours. Flooding caused 21.3 million dollars in damages and two lives were lost. Streets in Minneapolis became rivers, parking lots turned to lakes, and storm sewers turned to geysers.

You all have a great day and stay dry! You’ll have no trouble staying cool!

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