Bits N’ Pieces

burke4Summer started only a week ago and it is already starting to feellike fall.  Last week heat indicies in the Rockford area were in the lower 100s.  This week is on the opposite side of the spectrum with feel like temperatures in the 50s, more than 50 degree swing!  Tomorrow’s forecasted high temperature, keep in mind it is July 1st, is only a mild 62°.  The coolest afternoon high temperature ever recorded for July 1st was 66° set back in 1986. 

The cut-off low pressure system over the Great Lakes is the cause for these milder temperatures.  The cooler air aloft and thick cloud cover is not allowing surface temperatures to rise.  Today, the heavy cloud cover only allowed us to warm up six degrees from our low temperature overnight, that is crazy!  Eventually, the stubborn cut-off low will move eastward come next week, but models are forecasting another low pressure center to take its place over the Great Lakes.  Unfortunately, a cool northwesterly flow is the trend for the rest of this week and next week.  The 4th of July weekend does warm up quite a bit due to breaks in the cloud cover, temperatures are forecastedaround 80° for both Saturday and Sunday.

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This post was written by qni_it on June 30, 2009

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