Not much of a dent from Sunday's rain....(7-16-12)
The pitter patter that you heard Sunday morning across central New York was the sound of a steady rain, at least for a few hours. The rain yesterday was certainly welcomed but we still need much more. At the airport at Hancock Field we did have a steady soaking rain for almost 4 hours but the total in the rain gauge was only .15” Totals, however, did increase the farther south you went. Here is a sampling of some of the rain totals:
Again, this rainfall is better than nothing but I wonder how much good it did in the immediate Syracuse area. Even with the .15” we are still about an inch and a half below normal for the month as we cross the midpoint in July. I also contacted the Northeast Regional Climate Center in Ithaca to see if they could provide me with an idea of how much evaporation is going on per day. They take into account the temperature, dewpoint, winds and solar radiation on any given day to come up with the evaporation rate. Here are the numbers they provided for last week in Syracuse:
When you add everything up you are getting way more evaporation than you are getting rainfall-wise. In fact, in Syracuse on Sunday we just broke even as the afternoon sun evaporated most of the rain from the morning. Now you know why your lawn is so brown!
It is certainly looks hot tomorrow but what about looking out in the future? There seems to be a consensus that we will cool down starting on Wednesday. Come Thursday and Friday we will be closer to 80 than to 90 for a change. That could potentially put our streak of consecutive 80 days at risk. Through today (Monday) we are up to 19 days in a row and believe it or not, that’s a pretty significant streak in the Syracuse records. I’ll have a blog about this during the middle of the week.This change in our weather pattern heading into the end of the week and the weekend is going to be a relief for some. The cooler (or less warm) weather will be accompanied by less humidity as well. It took a look at what the models are saying for for early to mid next week and there is no real change to summer pattern.
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