On Monday, August 3, a lone severe thunderstorm developed over Lake Erie just west of Cleveland. Watch this phenomenal time lapse (8-9 PM) as a classic shelf (or roll) cloud develops along the updraft of the thunderstorm. It’s followed by a beautiful, colorful sunset.
…and one to go. Meteorological summer is defined as the months of June, July, and August. June ended up as third wettest on record. But we turned the corner in July with a pattern that allowed long stretches of rain-free days after July 14th.
July ended up with a rainfall deficit of almost an inch of rain with temperatures slightly cooler than normal.
We did see summer’s second 90°F day on July 29th of 93°F. There was only one other on June 12th when we hit 90°F. Normally by now, there have been seven 90°F days, so we are continuing to run cool. The pattern next week (for the first ten days of August) indicates a return to cool and dry. Those of you that put off some of the heavy backyard tasks for a cooler and drier pattern will have their open window to get things done.
Climate professor John Christy addresses virtually every common-sense angle of our Earth’s climate system. This video should be mandatory viewing for any student doing research on our Earth’s climate system.
On Monday, July 13, WeatherNation secured dramatic drone video of a Kansas tornado near Hutchinson. Video by: Justin Watkins
Yesterday (Thursday, July 16, 2015) this massive “wedge” tornado with multiple vorticies struck near Monmouth, Illinois, near Burlington, Iowa. Credit: Kholby Martin/KDR Media
For a relatively brief window, our NEOhio sun sets at 9:00 P.M. or later. No more. Even though there is only a six minute difference between the latest sunset (9:05 P.M.) and tonight, there seems to be a psychological effect at the news that we will not see the sun set at 9 P.M. or later until next June 9th, 2016.
I had many comments weighing in on my Facebook Fan Page that lamented that thought, but there is no need for lamenting. While the sunsets are technically earlier than during the latest ones, the change toward earlier sunsets is almost imperceptibly small. The change accelerates in August and the next landmark time is reached in September.
I’ve been sent a review copy of this weather book by Bernard Mergen. It looks interesting! The author will be joining me soon on a future episode of WeatherJazz® to talk about his book and about a topic we all love, weather.
Finally, a little Pluto humor. With so many beautiful images of our most distant planet in our own solar system, several photos made me smile. This one is courtesy xkcd.com.
And here’s one more for your evening chuckle: