Just a recap on some recent heat… the high temperature in Okarche on August 3rd was 110 degrees which broke the old record of 103 degrees set in 2008 and 2010. The low temperature on the 3rd was 81 degrees which tied the August record for the highest low temperature previously set on August 10, 2006.
On the 4th, the high temperature of 110 degrees broke the old record of 106 degrees set in 2000.
If our forecast high today and tomorrow is met, we will have had six consecutive days of high temperatures at or above 110 degrees.
Those are just the facts. But, if you consider it whining – let’s change the subject and start whining about something else. As one would expect, temperatures like this are tied to drought. After checking some records… the 13.67 inches of precipitation so far is the lowest total so late in the year. For a place that averages well over 35 inches of precipitation in a year, we have only seen 19.82 inches since July 12, 2010.
It could be worse… Lubbock, Texas has only seen 1.15 inches of precipitation since January 1st!
We have seen 43 days of high temperatures at or above 100 degrees so far this year. The record is 50 days set in 1998 with second place going to 2000 at 49 days. For a look at how dry the summers were:
1998 – http://www.okweatherwatch.com/wx/1998precip.jpg
2000 – http://www.okweatherwatch.com/wx/2000precip.jpg
On that note, precipitation charts have been developed back to 1982 and are now viewable at:
There were thunderstorms scattered around the area on the 3rd which allowed for a little lightning photography. Not impressive to say the least, but it gave me a chance to get out during the afternoon.
Weatherwise, there continue to be signs of a pattern change which could occur next week. The mid level high pressure area is forecast to weaken and shift westward which would allow for cooler weather ( or at least near normal ) and some thunderstorm events to roll southeastward out of the central plains. More on this as the solutions become more clear.
The only other news of note is that we are entering the meteor season. The first shower of significance is the Perseids which has started ramping up. This long duration event has produced about 12 meteors per hour in Okarche over the past three nights. So far, none caught on camera. The rate is a little ahead of schedule which gives hope to an active peak on August 13th. We will be fighting a full moon – but hopefully we can still get some good ones to show through.