Continued Dry updated Sunday eveningAugust 18th, 2013 at 8:00 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
This is the afternoon high temperature map from Saturday. Click on the image to enlarge. Note the unseasonably cool temperatures in the Southeast. 66 in Atlanta (average high 87) Athens and Charlotte NC, 70 in Birmingham, 65 in Greensburo NC, 70 in Lynchburg VA. They continue to get rain in the Southeast. It was hot from S. Texas to the Southwest with San Antonio at 100, Laredo at 104…Phoenix soared to 114 with Death Valley CA the warmest at 120. Sunny and warm today…the overnight run of the European model has only 0.02″ of rain on Thursday, with warm temperatures thru the rest of August. The warmest day on the Euro. is next Saturday – up in the low 90s. The clear, calm and dry conditions are giving us some large temperature differences from day to night, with lows this AM in the mid 40s to mid 50s and highs today in the mid 80s. Driving around N. Kent Co. yesterday, I saw curling corn and some very dry soybeans…we need rain, esp. north of G.R. There is at least a chance of a shower or storm from Weds. night to Friday, though they look to be few and far between. Here’s a satellite image showing some smoke from Western wildfires over Lower Michigan and the MODIS Lake Michigan satellite picture, showing the cumulus clouds over the land areas Saturday PM, but not over Lake Michigan or in land areas where the lake breeze had penetrated.
SUN. EVENING UPDATE…With dry air and dry ground, we’re getting some big temperature swings. G.R. went from 55 Sun. AM to 82 Sun. PM. Both Big Rapids and Mt. Pleasant went from 45 to 83. Top honors in the temperature jump category go to S. Boardman with a rise from 45 to 86 (41 deg.). The overnight GFS plot gives G.R. just .05″ of rain Thurs., then dry thru the 26th. The European has a paltry .02″ on Thursday, dry Friday, then a chance of showers on Sat. High temperatures Sunday showed hot weather from S. Texas thru much of the West…with highs of 100 at San Antonio and Laredo, Texas, 98 at Salt Lake City and Denver and 111 in Phoenix. It was cooler than average from Mobile to Maine, with highs of 75 in Birmingham AL, 77 in Atlanta (avg. high 87), 72 in Pittsburgh and 69 in Parkersburg W. VA and Lynchburg VA.