Happy Monday! :)
Many areas in the East have had the wettest July on record and some areas like Cape Hatteras, NC approaching the wettest month on record. Fortunately there was a lull in the excessive rainfall over the weekend but now another very wet pattern setting up. CLICK ON IMAGES FOR LARGER VIEW.Angelina Kirk says we've had about 250" of rain near wt360 headquarters! ;)
July overall ended up the coolest in 3 years (still 1F above average) for the U.S. overall and wettest in 5 years (6.6% above average), but it was a tale of two halves.
The front half was the 2nd warmest in over 30 years and driest in over 30 years for the U.S. The back half mad a wholesales flip flop trending coolest in 4 years with cool to average temperatures but the #1 wettest.The daily trends show the blistering heat wave at the beginning of the month but then dramatically colder conditions later in the month. Rainfall went from well below average to near record wet for the later part of the month.
Soil moisture levels are pretty saturated in the Eastern half of the country while the West has pretty dry soil conditions.
The 2-week outlook shows another soggy week developing in the East while it remains hot/dry out West. The Pacific Northwest does look to cool off a bit as the heat heads toward the northern Plains next week.
Time to start watching the tropics as we enter the core of the hurricane season (Middle August - Early October). The water temperatures off the East Coast, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean are above average and more than capable of fueling a few hurricanes. We still think the Florida to NJ coast is the highest risk area.
We hope you have a great week! - Captain Kirk out.
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