Some relief… after the 4th

Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 8:03 am

It’s in the record books, June 2015 was the hottest June ever recorded in Utah — more specifically SLC.  The rains in the first half of the month are a distant memory as dominant high pressure settled over the area for the latter half with near record temps almost every day.  So we had our warmest, driest winter on record — followed by a cool and wet Spring — and now a blazing hot start to Summer.  Any relief in sight?

Unfortunately, July and August are, climatically-speaking, our warmest months, so the hot weather isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.  However, there is some hope that the record, 100+ degree, temps will subside (at least temporarily).  Hot days will continue through the Independence Day holiday.  On Sunday (July 5), moisture will start to spread back into the state.  I mentioned last week that we needed the high pressure to move farther east…  Well, that’s exactly what is happening.  This increase in moisture will drop temps 6-7 degrees (i.e. back to around normal).  It will also give the region a chance for afternoon thunderstorms Sunday-Tuesday of next week.  It’s not much, but at least it’s something.  The hope is for a strong monsoon season.   Seasonal forecasts from the CPC favor this.  Pray these projections are correct!

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Meanwhile, El Nino is on the verge of entering “strong” territory.  So far the effects of a typical strong El Nino have not been seen globally — for the most part.  India’s monsoon started fairly typically.  In El Nino years, India can often see greatly reduced monsoon rainfall.  Chile has had a poor start to their ski season which goes against typical El Nino logic.  This all highlights what I’ve said all along, El Nino is not a guarantee of anything — especially in Northern Utah where we can swing either way during a Nino year.   I wish I could write more on the subject, but this is a gradual process in which the main effects won’t arrive until Fall at the earliest.  Be patient.  Until then, get into the mountains to escape the heat and view the wildflowers!

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Photos taken 7-1-2015

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Enjoy your 4th of July weekend!

WSF