From time to time, we get word that our local National Weather Service office is in need of weather observers in various communities across the area. Right now, they are looking for an observer in Montpelier, OH. Do you fit the bill or know somebody who does? Please contact the NWS! Here’s the description of what they’re looking for:
“The National Weather Service (NWS) seeks someone to take over the weather observing duties for our Montpelier, OH COOP weather observing site. The NWS COOP program consists of more than 11,000 volunteers taking observations on farms, in urban and suburban areas, National Parks, seashores, and mountaintops. COOP observational data supports the NWS climate program and field operations. Its mission is two-fold:
To provide observational meteorological data, usually consisting of daily maximum and minimum temperatures, snowfall, and 24-hour precipitation totals, required to define the climate of the United States and to help measure long-term climate changes
To provide observational meteorological data in near real-time to support forecast, warning and other public service programs of the NWS.
There are many uses for the weather observations collected and archived. Just a few are…insurance industry, consultants, engineers, medical, transportation, communications industry, agriculture, and many more. The volunteer observer would be required to take a daily observation of rainfall, snowfall, snow depth, maximum temperature, and minimum temperature and submit that to the NWS. All equipment, materials, and training will be provided by the NWS. If you are interested and live in/near the Montpelier, OH area, please call Brentley Lothamer at 574-834-1104 ext. 327 or e-mail at Brentley.Lothamer@noaa.gov for further details. Also see http://www.crh.noaa.gov/iwx/?n=coop for more information.”
Thought I’d take some tonight to share with you some July weather “fun facts”. Some of you may not think these facts are so fun, however. That’s because they all relate to how cool it’s been this month and I know you lovers of hot, humid weather have been a bit bummed out by the summer so far. This July really is a far cry from being a “typical” one.
We haven’t experienced a single 90-degree day this month and 23 of the 29 days so far have been below average.
July 2014 statistics – Updated July 29
This month continues to rank as the 2nd coldest July on record, but only half of a degree separates us from the record of coldest July. With more cooler than average days and nights ahead, stay tuned to see if we can set a new record!
Conditions will be right for you to get a glimpse of some meteors in the sky tonight…but, it’s best if you’re a night owl or early bird, as the optimal viewing hours are between 3 and 5 AM.
You don’t have to look in any specific direction in the sky. Basically, if you’re outside, looking up and are patient, the meteors and their tails should catch your eye. If you are a frequent stargazer, you can try locating the star Delta Aquarii – that’s where these meteors will appear to be coming from. But, again, you don’t need to be a trained stargazer to try to see this show.
While the meteors will be out there, you should know this shower does not have a high amount of meteors associated with it – at most, it’s estimated there will be a max of only 15 meteors per hour.
We continue to monitor severe storm potential for both Saturday and Sunday as the Allen County Fair comes to a close this weekend. If you’re headed out there over the next couple of days, think about downloading our WANE Mobile app from your preferred app store and/or signing up for severe weather text alerts.
The highest likelihood of strong and severe storms arrives by late afternoon and extends through Saturday night into Sunday. That means attendees of the county fair may need to take shelter at some point.
Saturday’s Allen County Fair Forecast
Some good news regarding this weekend’s storms is that they will come in rounds, allowing for dry times in between. Still, though, you will need to be on alert for dangerous lightning, damaging winds and hail potential. The potential for isolated tornadoes also cannot be ruled out across the region.
I, personally, am hoping we can hold these storms away until, at least, after fair hours so all the events can get in as scheduled. I know I’m looking forward to being out with the 4-H-ers at 3 pm to judge the annual BBQ competition. The students have impressed me the last 2 years with their grilling creations and I wonder what they have in store this year.
Other Saturday events going on at the fair include the pot-bellied pig races from 7-9 pm and the car demolition derby at 7:30 pm.
Here I am with last year’s high school 4-H BBQ entrants. Look at my smiling face. I was well fed by these 4 that day.
Our week started off hot with highs near 90°, but we’ve become cooler with less humidity for this second half of the work week. For the weekend, though, we’re reverting back to more heat and humidity, as warmer air shifts eastward, helping bring our highs on Saturday into the upper 80s. Humidity will also be elevated and at uncomfortable levels over the weekend.
Our cooler than average air ,with low humidity, leaves by the weekend with hotter, more humid air following it. This next airmass is moving in from the west and was positioned over the Plains today.
Your Weekend Outlook for July 26 and 27, 2014
Scattered rain becomes possible overnight into Saturday. We’ll be monitoring the potential for any strong or severe storms to develop, but it’s more likely that if we see severe weather on Saturday, it would occur Saturday afternoon through Saturday night. Additional scattered rain and storms are possible through the day Sunday, too.
Saturday begins with scattered rain and storms
Lulls in rain and storm activity occur through the day
Rain and storms for Sat afternoon and night have most have highest chance at becoming strong/severe
Our weekend rain and storms will come in rounds, so there will be a handful of dry periods in between. Keep your eye on our interactive radar and sign up for weather text alerts, so you know if severe weather is headed your way.
Here’s a complete look at the rain totals that came in from this morning’s round of rain and storms. Some heavy rain did fall in portions of the area, so as you look at these reports, you’ll notice a significant range in rain totals.
One important note, the CoCoRaHS observers who submit these reports, record on a 7 AM – 7 AM schedule. So, although, there was still some rain falling in portions of the area after 7 AM (mainly to the south of Fort Wayne) that rainfall is not included in these totals. So, actual storm total amounts may be slightly higher for some spots. By 8 AM, though, the rain had left our area.
COCORAHS PRECIPITATION REPORTS IN NORTHERN INDIANA
: SNOW SNOW WATER
: PCPN FALL DEPTH EQUIV
INWL11 : BLUFFTON 0.9 SE * : 1.43 / MM / MM / MM
INWL05 : BLUFFTON 3.6 N * : 1.42 / MM / MM / MM
INHT07 : WARREN 1.6 ENE * : 0.55 / MM / MM / MM
INGR12 : MARION 5.6 NE * : 0.46 / MM / MM / MM
INAL32 : WOODBURN 2.8 WSW * : 0.44 / MM / MM / MM
INKS29 : SYRACUSE 0.9 SW * : 0.37 / 0.0 / 0.0 / MM
INAL07 : FORT WAYNE 9.1 SE * : 0.30 / MM / MM / MM
INKS41 : NORTH WEBSTER 2.3 N * : 0.24 / 0.0 / 0.0 / MM
INKS03 : WARSAW 1.1 NNW * : 0.23 / MM / MM / MM
INKS51 : WARSAW 1.4 N * : 0.22 / MM / MM / MM
INLG05 : LAGRANGE 1.3 ENE * : 0.22 / MM / MM / MM
INEL46 : SYRACUSE 3.3 NNE * : 0.21 / MM / MM / MM
INWB19 : (AA9SH)LAGRO 5.2 NW * : 0.21 / MM / MM / MM
INWB13 : WABASH 1.5 SW * : 0.19 / MM / MM / MM
INWB17 : WABASH 1.2 NNW * : 0.19 / MM / MM / MM
INWB10 : LA FONTAINE 1.1 NW * : 0.18 / MM / MM / MM
INKS46 : WARSAW 2.7 ENE * : 0.17 / MM / MM / MM
INAL42 : FORT WAYNE 7.1 WSW * : 0.16 / MM / MM / MM
INAL49 : FORT WAYNE 5.6 N * : 0.16 / MM / MM / MM
INNB21 : CROMWELL 2.7 SW * : 0.16 / MM / MM / MM
INSJ16 : GRANGER 2.9 W * : 0.16 / MM / MM / MM
INAL51 : FORT WAYNE 2.6 NE * : 0.15 / MM / MM / MM
INLG11 : LAGRANGE 9.9 E * : 0.15 / MM / MM / MM
INAL36 : LEO 2.2 NW * : 0.14 / MM / MM / MM
INAL39 : FORT WAYNE 7.0 NE * : 0.14 / MM / MM / MM
INAL05 : HUNTERTOWN 2.6 ESE * : 0.13 / 0.0 / 0.0 / 0.00
INAL46 : FORT WAYNE 9.9 NNE * : 0.13 / 0.0 / 0.0 / 0.00
INKS32 : LEESBURG 6.7 ESE * : 0.13 / MM / MM / MM
INNB24 : KENDALLVILLE 4.5 NW * : 0.11 / 0.0 / MM / MM
INJY07 : PORTLAND 3.0 SSE * : 0.10 / MM / MM / MM
INKS52 : WINONA LAKE 1.1 E * : 0.10 / MM / MM / MM
INNB06 : AVILLA 2.4 W * : 0.10 / MM / MM / MM
INHT11 : (WA9QGL)ANDREWS 3.2 ESE * : 0.09 / MM / MM / MM
INLG06 : LAGRANGE 9.4 ESE * : 0.09 / MM / MM / MM
INNB11 : ALBION 3.7 S * : 0.09 / MM / MM / MM
INHT01 : HUNTINGTON 0.3 W * : 0.08 / MM / MM / MM
INKS07 : SYRACUSE 3.0 ESE * : 0.08 / MM / MM / MM
INNB23 : COLUMBIA CITY 8.4 N * : 0.07 / MM / MM / MM
INWY11 : COLUMBIA CITY 5.4 N * : 0.07 / MM / MM / MM
INWY04 : COLUMBIA CITY 0.5 NNE * : 0.06 / MM / MM / MM
INWY17 : COLUMBIA CITY 4.6 S * : 0.06 / MM / MM / MM
INNB27 : AVILLA 3.0 SE * : 0.05 / MM / MM / MM
INSN03 : HUDSON 4.6 N * : 0.05 / MM / MM / MM
INSN12 : HUDSON 0.3 SE * : 0.05 / MM / MM / MM
INSN09 : ANGOLA 4.1 N * : 0.04 / 0.0 / MM / MM
INDK13 : BUTLER 0.5 NNE * : 0.04 / MM / MM / MM
INSN02 : HUDSON 4.1 NNW * : 0.04 / MM / MM / MM
INDK05 : AUBURN 0.8 NE * : 0.03 / MM / MM / MM
INSN25 : ANGOLA 1.2 S * : 0.03 / MM / MM / MM
INSN26 : HAMILTON 0.7 N * : 0.03 / MM / MM / MM
INSN05 : HAMILTON 1.7 E * : 0.02 / MM / MM / MM
INSN07 : ANGOLA 8.7 ESE * : 0.02 / MM / MM / MM
INGR26 : (KB9CRA)GAS CITY 0.3 N * : MM / MM / MM / MM
:COCORAHS PRECIPITATION REPORTS IN NORTHWEST OHIO
: SNOW SNOW WATER
: PCPN FALL DEPTH EQUIV
OHDF01 : DEFIANCE 0.9 E * : 0.90 / 0.0 / 0.0 / 0.00
OHPL01 : CECIL 0.3 N * : 0.75 / MM / MM / MM
OHDF06 : DEFIANCE 9.4 NE * : 0.40 / MM / MM / MM
OHWL05 : ALVORDTON 0.5 E * : 0.15 / MM / MM / MM
OHWL08 : PIONEER 2.3 S * : 0.09 / MM / MM / MM
OHWL02 : BRYAN 1.3 E * : 0.06 / MM / MM / MM
Following up with Greg’s post from earlier today, I thought I’d share some more factoids about our lack of 90s so far this summer season.
He noted that our average yearly total of 90+ days is 13 and that, this year, we’ve only had 2 – both coming in June.
So, I thought I’d compare our summer so far with our most recent summers going back to 2010.
Remember, the summer season according to the weather record books begins on June 1. So, for this post, I’m considering temps from June 1 through July 22 in my calculations. If you look at the summers of 2010, 2011 and 2012, you’ll see that by this date in each of those years, we had already surpassed our “typical” amount of 90s for the year. But, last year and this year, we are far from that total with our amount of 90s only in the single digits. With more cool air in sight, the potential for any additional 90s this month is looking slim.
June was a wet month for the area and ranked as Fort Wayne’s 14th wettest June on record. We ended the month 1.65″ above average for rainfall but, so far, here in July, we are 2″ below average for rain.
Our next chance at rain comes late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, but it’s not looking like a widespread or a soaking rain by any means.
Computer models only show a couple-tenths of an inch of rainfall possible with this rain as it moves through and, due to the scattered nature of the rain, many spots may not even pick up any raindrops.
Here’s a look at the expected timing of the rain. We could see some rain start to scatter in around the vicinity of midnight with scattered rain chances extending into Wednesday morning. As of now, most of Wednesday will end up dry. However, we are tracking the movement of the incoming system closely. If it moves through slowly, we may see some redevelopment of rain/storms later in the morning and afternoon/evening.
As long as the clouds don’t pull any surprises today by blocking out too much of the sun, we’re set to end our going 5-day stretch of consecutive highs in the 70s that began on Tuesday.
Observed High Temps in Fort Wayne (July 15-19)
It would seem that, with this being the hottest time of the year, and July’s average highs in the mid-80s, we might have to go back a long way in the records to find another multi-day stretch of consecutive 70s (or cooler) in the month of July.
That’s not the case, though. Just last year, we had an 8-day July stretch of 79° or lower high temps that started on July 24 and was still going at the month’s end. August 1 last year was also below 80°, so the cool end to July was actually part of a 9-day streak of such below average temps.
Outside of July 2013, you’d have to back next to July 2009 to find another July spell of 70s. That year we had 2 separate 4-day stretches at 79° or below and a 5 day stretch that started at the end of the month and continued into early August.
Hope you enjoyed the cooler, lower humidity days last week because this week is starting off quite hot and humid with highs around 90° on both Monday and Tuesday.