Summer is here and David Kerry of Austin was wondering what the weather outlook is for the new season. Will the heat be as bad as last year or will have a normal summer?
So far, the heat has not been as bad as last year. Through mid June in 2011, we already had 16 days in the 100s compared to just one this year.
The main reason for the slower warm-up is that we have almost tripled the amount of rain we saw last year at this time. We have gone from the worst one year drought on record to a moderate drought. This will actually ease the extreme heat this summer and we shouldn't match the 90 days in the 100s we experienced last summer.
Last summer, with a very dry ground and less vegetation the heat wasn't being absorbed as much so the air near the ground kept heating up.
We are hoping this year the rains continue so the ground can stay moist and the vegetation thrives. This combo will absorb more heat allowing the temperatures to stay near normal.
The climate prediction center is keeping area with near average rainfall through august which is about 8 and a half inches.
This may not be enough to keep temperatures near normal. Much of the U.S. will be warmer than average with the worst of it being across the southwest. So the bottom line, we will still have our share of triple digit heat but we won't repeat last summer's record heat.
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