Sunday, August 19, 2012

Weather Rewind, August 12-18, 2012

A "typical" week of August weather around the region as temperatures averaged just 0.9 degrees above where they should for this time of the year.  Despite the singular 90 degree day last Friday, temperatures were rather seasonable for the middle of the August on the whole with little day-to-day variation.  The "coolest" day was Saturday thanks to the push of cool in the wake of a frontal boundary that brought over three quarters of an inch of rain to the region on Friday night and Saturday morning.  Saturday also happened to be the second below average day of August.

It was also a pretty wet week around the region -- Philadelphia picked up 1.73" of rain over the last week, pushing our monthly total over four inches (with just under two weeks to go in the month).  This is our third relatively soggy August in the last four years -- the exception being 2010.

Nationally, the temperature picture with regards to warmest and coolest to average has changed quite a bit -- the Midwest, which had been one of the warmest parts of the country to average, has been the coolest this month.  The warmth and heat ridge has pushed to the West Coast and Texas while the Southeast and Midwest have both been below average.  Philadelphia this month is about two degrees above average on temperature to this point -- still warm -- but the declining trend of 90 degree days (only two 90 degree days since August 6th) is cause of joy...and hopes for the heat loathers that the back of summer may finally, slowly, be breaking.