Wednesday, 21 March 2012 16:03
It's winter! It's summer! Mother Nature is losing her mind!

We started off the month with a severe weather outbreak over the Kentucky/Tennessee Valley areas. The next few days brought some high winds and a Lake Effect Snow Advisory to our area. We got a nice covering of snow, but nothing to get excited about and it was all gone right away. We had another Wind Advisory a day after the snow. Since then the temperature has been on a steady climb from the upper 30s and suddenly we find ourselves in the middle of an unprecedented, 500-year heat wave event.

Records are being broken daily and have been for about a week now. Daily temperatures have been climbing into the mid 80s lately, and are expected to continue to be in or near the 80s for the next couple of days at least.

It's also that time of year again when we have almost daily chances for rain and storms, but except for 0.08 in the gauge this morning, we've had nothing but a trace in over a week. So far we've had less than 0.7 inches of precipitation for the month. That could easily double in a couple of days when we're expected to get some prolonged rain and storms with an expected inch or more of precipitation.

Depending on which forecast you want to believe, today should be the last 80+ degree day for awhile (we hit an unofficial high of 87). The forecast has the temperature dropping a few degrees, and then rising a few degrees, off and on over the next week before getting back to more seasonable temperatures in the 50s and 60s late in the week.

The Chicago NWS Office has been posting record reports daily, but I'm not going to bother copying them here. It's been HOT. 'nuff said.
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