Thursday, July 30, 2009

Wild Mid-Summer Weather

Nothing like waking up to lower 50s with fog and drizzle in late July along Colorado's Front Range.

We may crack 70 degrees today.

I just feel like parts of the country are going to see both an early fall and a long, snowy winter. (from Colorado and the central Rockies up into the Great Lakes and northeast)

I could be wrong and have no official data -- just a gut feeling.

I guess I had better get my snowblower fixed since it hasn't worked in a while.

For our friends up in Seattle, it is back to near 100 degrees today after Wednesday's new all-time high of 103 degrees!

Other new all-time record highs include 104 at Olympia, 105 at the weather forecast office in Seattle, and 108 degrees at Vancouver, WA.

My friend in Seattle said it was the most miserable sleeping weather she has ever experience, barely able to get the house to cool down to 80 degrees with no air conditioner.

We need to pick back up with Wisconsin climate info.

We've talked about temperatures, now let's chat about precipitation.

For such a large state with a lot of variation landscape, things are pretty uniform with average annual precipitation ranging from 28 to 34 inches pretty much statewide.

The higher totals are found with the higher elevations of western uplands and northern highlands.

The lower totals are found in the Wisconsin central plain and near Lake Superior.

The wettest month at Wisconsin's three major reporting stations (Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee) is August and the driest months are January and February.

Here are some fun precipitation extremes...

  • Greatest daily total 11.72 in. Mellen, Ashland County, June 24, 1946
  • Greatest monthly total 18.33 in. Port Washington, Ozaukee County, June 1996
  • Greatest calendar year 62.07 in. Embarass, Waupaca County, 1884
  • Least calendar year 12.00 in. Plum Island, Door County, 1937
  • Greatest annual average 36.91 in. Lake Geneva, Walworth County 30-year average (1961-90)
  • 1 comment:

    1. I agree with your gut feeling about an early end to summer. Here in west-central Florida I have noticed a few oddities with the trees and plants-- our native Florida elm is beginning to drop leaves already-- about 2 months early (usually late September) and the native choke cherry trees are also dropping their leaves about 6 weeks too early. I have also noticed that some of the native wildflowers are beginning to bloom, and they too, are about 4-6 weeks early.

      Carol Tallman
      Crystal River, FL.