Rarely does the CPC (Climate Prediction Center) come out with a map that basically says the entire country will be above average temperatures… but it just did that in the 8-14 day temperature outlook today. Unless you are south of Phoenix or north of Seattle, which is less than 1% of the US population, probably less than 0.5%, everybody will be warm. Above normal. And not just above normal from when you were growing up but above the 1991-2020 normal temperatures, which are the current climate standards. Compare these to the 1951-1980 climate standards or the 1961-1990 climate standards and there will definitely be anywhere from 1-3 degrees higher at least. The 60s and 70s had a lot of cool years in there, not just in winter but all year round. Regardless, we aren’t going to die. We aren’t going to fry. Well, unless you are in Texas!
Across the nation today, with the exception of the northern high Plains, NO SEVERE WEATHER is expected across the nation. That’s also a rare forecast. And we’ll see how that works out. The heat dome has moved into Kansas with 110 degree temperatures possible in parts of the state, which will allow a few thunderstorms to come into Texas and possibly prevent a few places from reaching 100F today. Not much change over the weekend. Or next week. Or especially, the week after.
Have a great weekend if I don’t have a chance to catch up with you… Rich