Hey Mike this is not a storm picture but a great picture of my sister's Chihuahua Willie having a great time in the pool. We thought we would enjoy this warm weather by hanging out by the pool and we could not keep the dog's out LOL :) In this picture you will see a little bit of my sister's hand holding him just to be safe!!! Always remember the pool safety rules...
Justin New AKA Justin in Lafayette.
Justin New AKA Justin in Lafayette.
We have come a long way on this blog. We have shown storm after storm here but Justin sent in just the perfect picture to sum up our new weather pattern taking hold this week. Do you realize last week alone during our "year of the storm" seven people were killed by lightning including one person here in the Midwest. Enough is enough. Now we still need to use common sense this week with the hot weather since we are not used to it. Willie looks like a great swimmer but this is a good reminder to keep your pets cool by making sure their water bowls are filled to the top and they have a cool shaded spot to rest in. Last summer unfortunately I did hear of a very sad story here in Lafayette of a dog that dehydrated and later died because he had no water. It can happen easier than you think. You also want to make sure to never take your dogs or pets on errands. Even with the windows rolled down your car's inside temperature will exceed 100 degrees and your dog can have irreversible damage in some cases in less than 10 minutes. We have already had horror stories come in this year from California of pets being left in cars and not making it out alive. Please remember your pets.
This week will be our hottest week since the first week of September. That was also the last time we had an official heat wave here in Lafayette. A heat wave is defined here in the Midwest as having 3 or more days of 90 degrees or above. So far this year we have had none, with only 1 day of 90 degrees way back on June 8th. It looks like we will at least triple and maybe quadruple our 90 degree days this week with a heat wave looking more likely since I am forecasting 3 consecutive 90 degree days this week as you see below.
Did you see those cool altocumulus clouds in the background. These were hovering over the southside of Lafayette yesterday morning and they are usually a sign of a building high pressure ridge and warmer weather on the way. So it gave me a little more confidence than usual on forecasting so many 90 degree days despite it being so cool so far this summer. We will see how it will work out. One thing is for sure and that is you need to make sure you remember your heat safety rules. The hot weather affects the youngest and the elderly the most. Speaking of babies I wanted to congratulate my friend and co-worker Seth Conley and his wife on their new baby Ethan James Conley who weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Here is the picture of the cute little guy who hopefully will have Daddy's charm and Mommy's looks! Like Kelly Greene our morning meteorologist said she doesn't even look like she gave birth.
Congratulations Seth. Hopefully Ethan is a better fantasy football player than you are. Kelly Greene sure whipped you and a few times and I will never forget beating you in the championship last year with a running back from Cincinnati named Kenny Watson. But what matters most is Seth is a great guy and is an even better Dad. Have a great day and I will be back to tell you more about our building heat ridge and a Hoosier Proverb dealing with locusts. Apparently, they are back and really noisy. In the meantime, check our your blog song of the day.