Captain's Log 22 June 2020 - Dust Storm from Africa!

Captain's Log

Happy first Monday of Summer! :)

Summer officially arrived at 5:44pm EDT Saturday! CLICK ON IMAGES FOR A LARGER VIEW.

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The Bermuda High Pressure system became the displaced Azores High Pressure system allowing a strong fetch of winds to sweep across the Sahara Desert of Africa putting a huge amount of dust into the upper atmosphere now sweeping across the Atlantic Ocean.

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This blog of high altitude dust will make its way into the U.S. later this week and even the Northeast by the weekend. Other than some reddish hazy skies and pretty sunsets there's not much impact from this event.

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This week (22-28 June) ends the month of June with 1.2F warmer temperatures than last year making it 12th warmest of the past 35 years for the U.S. overall. Cooler in the middle of the U.S. but warmer on the coasts. Rainfall is the wettest in 5 years and 3rd wettest of the past 35 years with much above average rainfall but not in the very dry areas that now encompass 44% of the U.S.

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Next week (29 June - 5 July) trends 1.4F cooler than last year making it the coolest in 4 years but still 9th warmest of the past 35 years with above average temperatures. Warmer trends may cool off a bit as we go into the 4th of July weekend. Rainfall still on the heavy side trending wettest in 7 years and 2nd wettest in 35 years. With the Bermuda High shifting back into a more typical spot we'll need to watch the tropics to flare up as the MJO cycle phase 1 and a lot of upward vertical motion in the Tropics will make conditions much more favorable than this current week. Dust typically suppresses activity but that will move out over the weekend.

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The two weeks aggregate world trends show cool/wet conditions across Europe, very cool in Western Russia, Argentina, Southern Brazil and Northeast China.

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Team wt360 will be presenting this Thursday 11am EDT with the Category Management Association on "The Next Generation of Weather-Based Predictive Business Analytics" Follow this link to register or email for more information. A couple clients will be on the call as we discuss how our Power of 1 Degree technology ® helps retailers and suppliers become PROACTIVE not REACTIVE to the year ahead weather and its influence on your business.

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We'll end with some family fun this Father's Day weekend. The girls had a Hawaiian themed Father's Day...I think they're sending not so subtle hints that we're way over due for a vacation...aren't we all after 97 days in quarantine here in Eastern PA. Going green on 26 June!

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- Captain Kirk out.