4th Hottest July on Record!
Wed 1 August 2018
It’s been a super-weird year – after our coldest April since 1997, we had our hottest May EVER, our second hottest June, and now our 4th hottest July. Good grief!
July had an average temperature of 86.9 degrees, 4.5 degrees above the normal.
There have been just a handful of days since early May coming in at or below the normal…meaning virtually every day for the past three months has been hotter than average.
A dramatic shift in the upper-level wind pattern (steering currents) allowed for the change between the April chill and the early onset of summer heat, with persistent high pressure aloft over the western states and dry soils contributing to a much hotter than average late spring through mid-summer. This same pattern has made for record wildfires underneath the high’s core over the western states.
The latest bulletin from the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) shows another El Nino taking shape this fall…which suggests a wet and warm winter on the way…but it’s certainly too early to say for sure.
News 12 / KXII-TV