Sunday, July 08, 2012

Weather Rewind: July 1-7, 2012

Temperatures last week averaged 8.3 degrees above where they should to start July...and we had Days 4-10 of the heat wave in the process, as well as four straight days above 95 degrees and Saturday's 101 degree scorcher.   No records set for daytime highs...a record warm daily low was tied on Thursday with 81 degrees.  Some relief crossed the region on Monday and Tuesday as less humid air worked through the region, lowering humidity levels to tolerable standards despite additional 90 degree highs.

In terms of heat wave impact and using our heat wave index, this heat wave ranks 8th worst all-time so far.  With another 90 possible later on, we will see this ranking shift to 6th as we leapfrog the 1999 and 1952 heat waves in our index.

Rainfall was minimal around the region last week -- and the week prior -- and we're slowly slipping back into a dry spell.  Your yard's showing signs of it as grass is browning and flowers looking for any and all water that they can get.  Saturday's storms brought a tenth or two of rain to some spots, mere traces of rain in others...other storms crossed parts of the area in the evening hours on the 4th of July and did similar in terms of rainfall by bringing another tenth of two of rain.  Trenton picked up the most out of the climate sites last week -- 0.31" of rain...and that was still three-quarters of an inch below average.