The Heat Wave BeginsJune 27th, 2012 at 6:20 pm by Jonathan Conder under Weather
If you don’t like hot weather, you may not want to read the rest of the blog post. Not only is Thursday going to bring us record heat and high fire danger, this is only the tip of the iceberg.
Get ready for the hottest day of the year so far for Thursday with a high of 103°. Not only will this be a new record high temperature for the day, it will likely be the highest temperature since the late 80s, and the 2nd highest temperature every recorded in June in Fort Wayne.
On top of the heat, the fire danger will be very high, so the National Weather Service has issued a “Red Flag Warning” for most our our area. So, what does this mean? The fire danger will be high and we need to do our part to help prevent the start of grass fires. If you smoke, DON’T TOSS YOUR CIGARETTE BUTT OUT THE WINDOW OF YOUR CAR!
So, will this be anything like what we are seeing in Colorado? Now, before I answer this, I don’t want to down play the fire risk here in our area, but the conditions are different. In Colorado, the humidity is lower, the winds are stronger and they have a lot more dead pine trees then we do. Our fire danger will be very high for us and grass fires are very possible, but I don’t expect widespread forest fires in our area.
This heat wave is just the beginning and I expect a very hot and very dry July. This has all to do with the position of the “heat dome” and our drought. Yes, our drought and dry soil will make the heat worse and reduce our rain chances. Some of the short to mid range forecast models want to trigger rain over the next 4-5 days, but those same models are over forecasting the amount of humidity in the area. The forecast models have a hard time “modeling” or gauging how dry the ground is. This arid soil will absorb the humidity and eat away at our rain chances. As the saying goes: “Drought begets drought.”