Be glad it’s raining

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Weather Headlines

–A rainy day is in store for us. Some rainfall could be heavy at times.

–More isolated shr/storm activity expected through Saturday

–Major heat wave expected for the Midwest starting tomorrow

–Another system moves in for Sunday that will bring us several days of good rain chances, especially in the afternoons.

Main threats

No widespread hazardous weather is in sight, though showers today could produce heavy rainfall at times, leading to the possibility of localized flash flooding.

Summary

As Barry spun off to the north, he developed a bit of a “cool” front. This front is swinging through today and that will continue to set off showers and isolated storms. Some of the downpours today could be quite heavy.

As we move into Thursday, a big ridge of high pressure will be building in over the Midwest. This will be creating dangerous heat conditions for those folks. Luckily for us, there should be enough heat and humidity to set off enough afternoon showers and storms to keep us free of any heat advisories. That storm activity will be much more isolated than today’s, but enough to keep us from being scorching hot. Be thankful for the rain today, as well as the isolated to scattered activity over the coming days, or else we would be baking hot!

The big ridge of high pressure retrogrades westward by Saturday and that will set the stage for another system to drop in from the north by Sunday. That system will renew our chances of showers and storms, setting the stage for a work week that will feature above normal precipitation, at least for the first half of the week.

There are indications that this cold front next week could be quite substantial for July. This could mean some much cooler temperatures, along with very low humidity, for the end of next week. I’ll keep an eye on this! I noticed our record low for today is 49, so we know it can indeed cool off pretty good this time of year.

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

Hurricanes are the only disasters that are given official names. No other disaster has that claim to fame.

Records

One of the worst heat waves in US history was in full force on this day in 1934. The heat wave would last two weeks and claim a staggering 679 lives in Michigan, with 300 of those from the city of Detroit.

Washington state finally saw an end to a very prolonged, unusual heat wave for that area on this day in 1941. Unfortunately, the cool front that would bring that change in air mass had thunderstorms with it. Lightning set off 598 forest fires, due to the dried out timber from the heat wave.

Almanac

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Yesterday’s record high: 101 (1984)

Yesterday’s record low: 49 (1967)

Today’s record high: 97 (1980)

Today’s record low: 53 (2014, 1970)

Today’s sunset: 7:55

Tomorrow sunrise: 5:37

Today’s day length: 14 hrs 18 mins 52 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 14 hrs 17 mins 37 secs

One year ago today

The high was 86 degrees, after a morning low of 70 (a hot an humid day!). The airport recorded 0.08 inch of rain, likely from an afternoon storm passing nearby.

News

I’ll be posting an additional blog later today about my trip yesterday, so stay tuned for that.

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