Can you believe June is over? It ended on a warm note for the Eastern U.S. but not enough to keep it from being the coolest June in 10 years for the U.S. overall with hot 90F days down 28% vs last year. It was wetter than last year and 7th wettest overall for the U.S. but dry West, wetter East.CLICK ON IMAGES FOR A LARGER VIEW.
This week (1-7 July) the cool remains in the West but starting to make a shift to the Central U.S. and eventually the East Coast next week. For this first week of July it looks like the U.S. will trend coolest in 3 years but still 10th warmest of the past 30 years and wettest in 4 years, 3rd wettest in 30 years.
The 4th of July weekend (4-7 July) looks warm, humid and stormy East and cool in the Western U.S. and especially the Plains. For the U.S. as a whole the holiday weekend trends coolest in 4 years, 14th warmest in 30 years, wettest in 25 years with a lot of thunderstorm activity making it the 2nd wettest holiday weekend in 30 years. Not a total washout but a lot of afternoon and evening storms to contend with.
Next week (8-14 July) shows the pattern flip flop as the cool weather heads back to the Midwest and East while the West warms up. For the U.S. overall the week looks to trend coolest in 10 years, 4th coolest in 30 years, wettest in 9 years and 2nd wettest in 30 years. This is a negative for hot seasonal summer categories which had a rough Spring.
Vacations with a 3 year old are usually limited to day trips so we took a bunch of those last week. Hard to believe this is the shore in Northern NJ but the water quality was again very good. Of course the palm trees are planted and replanted every year but tropical like vacation nonetheless.
And then we saw at least a couple dozen dolphins with what appeared to be a bigger whale chasing them. We're hopeful it wasn't Mary Jane the big Great White Shark that occasionally traverses the East Coast.
Of course Angelina Kirk yelled shark, she's 3, she gets a pass. HA The life guards did paddle out to meet the dolphins we guess to just confirm they were indeed dolphins and not sharks.
The little one can show you where every state in the country is and of course New Jersey is "a tiny little statewith big waves, sharks, airplanes with flags, blue ice cream and so much fun." The mind of a 3-year old. :) In the center circle of Long Branch she started singing the Star Spangled Banner under the huge American Flag.
Then it was Longwood Gardens in Southeast PA...great spot if you haven't been there. Now we need a vacation from the mini vacations. ;)