Nice Sunset Tonight

July 18, 2011

Every once in awhile we get a sensational viewer photo, and tonight was one of those times.  Don Best of Rockaway beach showed just what a beautiful sunset we can get out of a sun and cloud mix.  I also noticed nice color over the Metro area as well this evening.  That’s one benefit of our unusually cool and cloudy Summer 2011.  The other would of course be the very green landscape. 

I’ve decided I’m at peace now with our yucky summer weather.  Naturally I’ll still whine a bit, but no bitterness or feeling of loss like when it doesn’t snow all winter.  I see it this way; this summer is just makeup time for some of those hot years recently.  We last had a really cool and wet summer in 1993 and one could argue that we’re overdue.  Now it’s still only July 15th, and we could be in for some sort of pattern change beyond the last week of July that makes us forget the cool first half of July…we’ll see.  For example, in 1986 July was as cool as our current month with lots of marine air keeping all high temps below 90.  It hit 88 the last day of the month.  August was a scorcher!  12 days at/above 90 degrees and even a 100 degree day.  So things CAN change quickly.  I know I said that in early June too, but you get the idea.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen