All of the first six days of July have seen below normal temperatures in Okarche. Low high temperature records were set on the 3rd and 4th.
On the precipitation front… a total of 2.84 inches of rain has fallen over five consecutive days (2nd-6th). Rain today would result in the six days of consecutive days of precipitation being in a tie for 8th ever. Rain on Thursday would result in a tie for 3rd (seven days). Rain on Friday would tie for first at eight consecutive days.
The total precipitation of 1.35 inches on the 5th was a record for the date. We have had enough rainfall to start looking at July records:
1 – 2007 / 5.47
2 – 1996 / 4.92
3 – 2005 / 4.62
4 – 2006 / 4.60
5 – 1997 / 4.56
6 – 1991 / 4.00
7 – 1995 / 3.79
8 – 1999 / 3.54
9 – 1989 / 3.50
10 – 1987 / 3.20
11 – 2010 / 2.84
So, we sit in 11th place overall for the month of July, but only a little over 2 1/2 inches from 1st place. Not only is it still very early in the month… a Flash Flood Watch is in effect for today, Thursday and Friday. Given the very tropical nature of the atmosphere, it becomes very easy to believe that 2 to 3 inches of rain could fall during the next couple of days.
As far as the heat goes…. well it has to go somewhere…. and it did! To the northeast where record temperatures have been falling over the last few days.
From Bloomberg Businessweek:
July 7 (Bloomberg) — New York City temperatures may reach 100 degrees again today after setting a new daily record and coming within 3 degrees of an all-time high, the National Weather Service said.
While today’s readings aren’t forecast to reach yesterday’s 103 Fahrenheit (39 Celsius), most people won’t feel much relief from the heat wave that began over the weekend, said Richard Castro, a weather service meteorologist in Upton, New York.
“It will still be extremely hot,” Castro said by telephone. “Cooling off a couple of degrees from temperatures in the 100s isn’t relief.”
Above-average temperatures will hang on through the week and Washington may see its hottest day today, said Joe Bastardi, chief meteorologist at AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania.
U.S. nuclear production rose to the highest level in at least 17 years, 98,740 megawatts, as the heat wave boosted demand for electricity, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission reported.
Utilities asked customers to curb electricity use as the high temperatures from Virginia to Maine strained air conditioners and raised power use in New York to 33,450 megawatts, just below the record of 33,939 set in August 2006, according to the New York Independent System Operator.
Consolidated Edison Co. urged its customers in the New York City area to conserve power during the day. The company reduced voltage to several Queens and Brooklyn neighborhoods by 5 to 8 percent last night and this morning because of problems with electrical cables.
About 375,400 customers in those neighborhoods, which included Flushing, Gowanus, Forest Hills and Brooklyn Heights among others, were affected. About 6,934 ConEd customers are without power in the metropolitan area, according to company outage maps.
In Rhode Island, the heat overloaded the electric grid, which is still damaged from flooding in March, according to National Grid. The company shut power down intermittently to about 1,600 customers, according to a statement on its website.
“With temperatures approaching 100 degrees yesterday and today, the local system in its compromised state simply cannot handle the demand being placed upon it,” the statement said.
The weather service is predicting Washington and Baltimore will reach 102 today. Yesterday, Reagan Washington National Airport recorded 102 and Baltimore-Washington International posted a mark of 105 degrees.
Heat advisories and air quality alerts stretch from Virginia through New York and Vermont to Canada, where temperatures in Montreal hit the 90s yesterday, according to the weather service.
Heat advisories mean the high temperatures may have serious health consequences while air quality advisories warn that pollution and ground level ozone will be dangerous for people with breathing problems.
An excessive heat warning has been issued for Philadelphia, eastern Pennsylvania and parts of New Jersey and Delaware. While temperatures in the area aren’t supposed to be as high as yesterday, there will be greater humidity, making it feel just as hot, the weather service said in a statement.
A heat wave is defined as at least three days in a row of temperatures of 90 or more, and temperatures in New York reached the upper 90s on July 4. New York’s last weeklong heat wave was in August 1998, while the longest was 12 days from Aug. 24 to Sept. 4, 1953, according to agency records.
The longest stretch of consecutive 100-plus days on record at Central Park came in 1993, when it rose from 100 on July 8 to 102 on July 10.
A daily record high temperature of 102 degrees was set at T.F. Green International Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island, breaking the mark of 97 set in 1999, according to the weather service.
A record high temperature of 102 degrees was also set at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, breaking the old mark for the day of 99 in 1999, the weather service said.
Bastardi said while temperatures will start to fall by the weekend, he expects July will be much warmer than normal across most of the country. He said another heat wave will probably arrive after July 15 and bring temperatures of 100 or higher to the northern Great Plains and Chicago.
“I don’t think this is the last of the heat,” Bastardi said in an interview. “The next time it comes back it may not be as extreme on the East Coast, but the Northern Plains, Chicago and Minneapolis are liable to broil for the last two weeks of July.”
Castro said the high temperatures in New York will only be in the 90s as the week goes on and by the weekend will be in the high 80s. He said normal high temperatures for this time of year are in the 80s.
Yesterday the weather service issued heat advisories for much of the East and Northeast, meaning the high temperatures may have serious health consequences.
In addition to the heat, air quality advisories warned that pollution and ground level ozone will be dangerous today, especially for people with breathing problems.