Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Caliente! It is No Hoax, Real Summer Weather is Back!

That is right! Caliente means hot in Spanish. It is a good thing my pre-schooler watches a lot of Dora. I took two years of French in college.

I think I set a new record in my weathercast last night for most times a meteorologist can say "hot" in one show. So I have turned to other languages and it is also in honor of all the teams here for the Colt World Series from all around the world including Mexico and Puerto Rico. It starts today and runs through next Wednesday. The defending champs from Tampa will feel at home in this weather. What a huge turnaround and comeback summer is making. We had our coolest July since 2004 with temperatures running about 1 to 1.5 degrees below average. We only had 3 days of 90 or above and it looks like as we head into August we will at least double that number in the first week. The real difference-maker will be the hot ridge of high pressure that has been sitting well out to our West with scorching heat has now shifted closer to home. The jet stream which looked more like spaghetti during the month of July is now more zonal or west to east and has shifted well to our north allowing this to happen. So remember to blame the jet stream, not me. The red hot map above tells the story.

It just hurts to write this and it hurt to make the graphic above, but on average we have about 4 days of 90 degrees or above in August. My latest forecast calls for 12 days of 90 degrees or above. Caliente! I am working on rainfall for the shows tonight and I am at least encouraged by rainfalll picking up in August by the second and third weeks thanks to another high pressure taking control, called a Bermuda high pressure. I will make sure I post more on this forecast here on the blog by tomorrow. We may pay the price with the humidity, but at least it will increase our rain chances and hold the temperatures down a bit, eventually.

This brings me to our blog question of the day:

Hi Mike,
Did you know about this? I bet you did, I'll have to check your blog. Anyway, this will really be something to see!!! Lucie Kurtz

STAY AWAKE AND SEE THIS GREAT HAPPENING.Two moons on August 27, 2007 The Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky.It will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.
This will culminate on Aug. 27 when Mars comes
within 34.65M miles of earth. Be sure to watch the
sky on Aug. 27th, 12:30 am .

It will look like the earth has 2 moons.
The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.

Now if you are a regular reader of the blog you may remember me talking about this last year. Do you think it is a hoax or for real? Here is another beautiful shot of the moon sent in by Paul Hadfield of Decatur, Illinois. Okay, time is up! This is a hoax. It began circulating on the internet in the summer of 2003 and was not close to being true then and it certainly is not true now. If we compared the size of Mars to the moon picture above it would look like a little speck. You cannot believe everything you read, especially on the internet. But you can believe what you read on the weather blog. The hot forecast is no hoax, but for real. Choose to make it a great day and thanks for reading.

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