It's over! The heat-wave that is. While it was certainly hot and steamy for a few days in the East, there weren't that many record highs and only a few locations topped 100F. CLICK ON IMAGES FOR LARGER VIEW.
The table highlights the high temperatures this weekend with the asterisk showing areas that tied or broke their daily max temperatures for the date.
But, it can be much hotter as most states show all-time record highs back in the 1920s and 1930s. Can you imagine these temperatures without air-conditioning? NOPE!
Drought status across the country remains near record low with only 10% of the country having dry or some drought status vs 50% last year and average of 50%.
Rainfall year-t0-date shows over 50" in parts of the Arkansas - Mississippi in part due to the remnants of Barry last week. Other than pockets in the Southeast, Southwest and Northwest, most of the country has had above average rainfall with the U.S. overall trend #1 wettest in over 30 years.
This week (22-28 July) ends on a much cooler note for the country overall trending coolest in 6 years and 5th coolest in 30 years, wholesale change from the weekend. The heat will shift to the West Coast, particularly California.
Next week (29 July - 4 August) showswarmer conditions return to the East Coast, but no major heat-waves expected while the West continues to heat up.
The little Angelina Kirk was excited with the heavy rain that ended the heat-wave Sunday as temperatures plummeted 20 degrees in 2 minutes!See video for her singing "boom boom the thunderstorms high up in the sky and rain rain go away..." Captain Kirk much prefers 70s as opposed to 90s so excited about the plunge in temps.
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