Monday 8:30 AM
Oklahoma had a really hot summer. The average temperature was 83.1, more than 2 degrees above the long-term average. From July 18th through Aug. 9th, only one day had a high temperature of less than 100, and on that day (Aug. 5), it was 99! Today, however, Oklahoma City had its earliest subfreezing reading ever! However, even though it is chilly out this morning, the chill will soon be out of the area. And, in the Northeast, where a couple of chilly shots are coming in this week, next week could very well be milder.
It is national metric week, and supporters encourage people to jump in with both feet and support the metric system every inch of the way.
In weather forecasting we jump back and forth with units, but I think the main yardstick of public acceptance is people still want their temperatures in fahrenheit. There is a good reason for this. In our common experience, the coldest day in winter is often around zero while the hottest day in summer approaches 100. A zero to 100 scale is quite attractive. In contrast, people get out the bug killer when they see millipeders or centipeders in their homes! I mean, suppose gram is coming over. One of the main attractions of metric units is how basic measurements get decimated.
Today is dry throughout the Northeast and most of the Great Lakes region, but people wonder if the weather will stay the same furlong. Will it be okay for yardwork? Since it will be dry today, things look good. The same applies for construction crews who have to install footers. It will be dry across the 378 kilometers between Chicago and Detroit today. Rain will spread through the I-95 corridor later today and tonight. We estimate that the many areas will get less than a quarter of an inch of rain (less than a centimeter). It is often difficult to fathom exactly how much rain a storm will deliver when it is just in the formative stages like this one, but by most measures, it seems there will be on-and-off rain and drizzle from gray skies.
Sometime we get snow showers across parts of the Great Lakes and Northeast in mid-October. However, results from various metrics studies suggest we could wind up with a foot in our mouth if we give such predictions more than an ounce of trust at this point. In fact, temperatures could inch higher next weekend. Want updates? Follow the liter, AccuWeather.com
We always look back at our previous forecasts to try to learn from episodes in which we believe we could have done better. The following satellite picture shows dry weather today in just the area that originally looked like it would have more rain.
In other words, while late summers in Phoenix have gotten wetter during the last few years, Boston has become drier. Is there anything more momentous or general that we can say about this?
This enhanced infrared satellite picture shows the cold front in the Northeast and the moisture wrapping around Odille on the southwest part of the map.
Across the Central and Northern states, thunderstorms are less common at this time of year than in late spring and summer. One area that has had more thunderstorms than usual recently is across the Desert Southwest.
Last week, I mentioned that longer range computer models were suggesting a major warmup by next weekend. More recent runs have backed off on the that idea. However, there is extreme uncertainty beyond the next 7-10 days. This can be seen by looking at the following map.
n the forecast office, we often track cold fronts with pressure maps like these. The examples are from 4AM and 10 AM today. You can see that the northern part of the front is moving more quickly than the southern end. The arrival of the front signals the start of the cooling trend that is spreading east.