Star Date 15 July 2019 Monday

Captain's Log

Happy Monday! :)

The big news last week was the first hurricane of the season (Barry), a weak one, making landfall in a not so populated area of Central Louisiana. Fortunately the rainfall forecasts were a bit overdone but still some flooding in the state. CLICK ON IMAGES FOR A LARGER VIEW.

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The next couple weeks look to be on the quiet side in the tropics with a lot of dust and wind shear in the Atlantic Ocean.

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This week we have the full "Thunder Moon" with a partial eclipse to look forward Tuesday night,

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unfortunately the eclipse portion won't be visible in North America.

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The big news this week will be the season's first pretty significant HEAT WAVE in the Northeast with middle to high 90F temperatures and heat indices over 100F. We know, a normal day in Texas but we melt up here in the Northeast.

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This will be the hottest 19-21 July in 8 years for the Northeast while the U.S. overall is similar to last year and 10th warmest of the past 30 years and on the dry side. Fortunately only a 3-4 day event before cooler weather returns early next week.

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Year-t0-date hot 90F days are picking up a bit but still trending down 24% vs last year and least in 4 years. The next two weeks show some uptick but still 12% below last year.

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This week overall (15-21 July) looks to trend coolest in 4 years for the U.S. overall and 13th warmest of the past 30 years. Drier than last year but still 10th wettest of the past 30 years with the remnants of Barry. The East Coast and Central Plains are the hot spots with cool conditions in the Pacific Northwest.

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Next week (22-28 July) shows cooler trends in the middle of the U.S. but hotter on the West Coast and maybe some building heat again along the East Coast. The cool in the Central U.S. may not be as cool as the models suggest but at least some temporary relief early next week from the weekend heat-wave. For the U.S. overall the week looks to trend coolest in 6 years, 6th coolest in 30 years and on the wet side.

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For the world overall these last 2-weeks of July show the cooler spots in Mexico, Central U.S., Northeast Canada and Eastern Europe. Compared to last year, Europe is quite a bit cooler as is Australia and Japan.

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Weather Trends is proud to support many charities and the local community including our Lehigh Valley Zoo. Yup...they had to go there with the goats..."80% wrong and you keep your job"

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The little Angelina Kirk wasn't overall impressed with the animalsbut gave the camels a side eye glance as they were kind of neat looking.

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But the best "animal" was the twisty green slide.

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- Captain Kirk out.