Good Sunday morning bloggers,
Well, the heat wave and drought will worsen before we climb out of this. A large anticyclone, “The Heat Wave Creator”, will be building over the middle of the USA the next 3-4 days. Once it forms, it will not be easy to get rid of as we are now entering the hottest part of the summer. The only areas of the USA to get relief will be the summer monsoon areas in the southwest, along the Gulf coast and across the eastern Great Lakes and New England. The northeast USA will have weak cold fronts. See Maps #1 and #2 for the building upper level high.
MAP #1: 7 AM MONDAY
MAP #2: 7 PM FRIDAY
This is a menacing set up for very hot and dry weather.
We know this summer has been hot and dry, but where does it stack up to some of the memorable hot summers during the 20th century. We counted the number of 90 degree days from April 1st to July 15th from this year, 2011 and the very hot summers of 1988 and 1980. We then broke down those 90 or higher days in to how many were 95 or higher and 100 or higher. Note, the corn crops in 1988 and 1980 suffered major losses. See maps 3 through 6.
MAP 3: SUMMER 2012
MAP #4: SUMMER 2011
MAP #5: SUMMER 1988
MAP #6: SUMMER 1980
As you can see we are right there with the extreme summers of 1988 and 1980. A couple of other notes that you cannot see on these graphs is that in 1988, in between the heat waves, there were 2-3, even 4 days with highs in the 60s, 70s and 80s. In 1980, May and June were not that hot, it started in July. So, this summer has been worse so far and is likely to continue.
Stay cool and have a great rest of your weekend!