Historic Heat on the Great Plains

June 27, 2012

Look at all the ALL-TIME record high temps set the past two days.  Dodge City’s records go all the way back before 1880, so this would eclipse the Great Dust Bowl heatwaves in the 1930s too.  And it appears the weather pattern will not change significantly in the next week or so.  Models show a large upper-level ridge covering almost the entire USA.  This is after the warmest spring ever recorded…bad news for the whole country.  So maybe our 65-80 degree days aren’t that bad eh?

There have been hints in the past 24 hours that we might see a change after about July 6th-7th.  Especially on the 12z ECMWF.  Note the rising 850mb ensemble temps from that time onward:

But of course we’re talking 10 days away…LaLa Land as we like to say in the business.  The 00z GFS chart is a bit closer to average (the light green line) through the first 1/3 of July:

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen


Funny Photo

June 27, 2012

I’ve seen slightly different versions of the same thing floating around the Internet…where is summer?  Much warmer weather MIGHT be coming right after the 4th…we’ll see.  Thanks to Michelle in Tillamook for the pic.