Joe’s Wx Blog: Clearing The Desk

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4PM Update:

The disturbance that I was tracking through SW NE earlier this AM has generated a weak wave that is moving towards the KC area. This wave is interacting with the heating and OK instability building through the region. as a result it has fired up some new convection that is moving towards the ESE and may affect parts of the region over the next 6 hours or so. Not everyone will get rain out of this, but there could be some heavy downpours and decent thunder and lightning with it. Here is a radar snapshot from around 3PM showing the convection…

radar

At this point a severe T/Storm Watch is not anticipated from the SPC however their may be some hail and gusty winds from the storms should they intensify. There have been some warnings out towards Manhattan and down towards the Lakes area.

JL

 

Not a lot going on around the area this morning as the sun is out and temperatures are warming up nicely. This blog will cover a few little things but there really isn’t a lot to blog about today.

1) Summer starts on Friday morning @ 12:04 AM. The summer solstice occurs when the tilt of the earth is most pointed towards the sun, even though because of the earth’s orbit, we can actually be farther away from the sun. It’s a bit complicated…perhaps this picture helps…

2) Supercell thunderstorms…take a look at this video…pretty neat showing the rotational aspect/beautiful structure of a supercell storm in NE the other day courtesy of @slchunters

3) Alaska weather…temperatures up there are sizzling for mid June. They will be enjoying virtually dark-free conditions with the beginning of summer, all that light plus a big upper level ridge creates heat in June, and their highs have responded/ In some cases ALL-TIME highs for some of the stations up there…

Check out some of the highs from yesterday

...ALL TIME RECORD HIGHS FALL AT SEVERAL LOCATIONS ACROSS SOUTH
CENTRAL ALASKA...

A EXPANSIVE RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE OVER SOUTHERN ALASKA IS CONTINUING
THE STRING OF UNUSUALLY HOT DAYS. TEMPERATURES AT MANY LOCATIONS WERE
IN THE 80S TO MID 90S. 

THE FOLLOWING STATIONS SET ALL-TIME HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORDS TODAY:

TALKEETNA....96 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 91 SET ON JUNE 16
                  2013...JUNE 14 1969...AND JUNE 26 1953. 
CORDOVA......90 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 89 SET ON JULY 16 1995.
VALDEZ.......90 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 87 SET ON JUNE 26 1953
                  AND JUNE 25 1953. 
SEWARD.......88 DEGREES. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 87 SET ON JULY 4 1999. 

THE VALDEZ TEMPERATURE WAS RECORDED IN THE CITY OF VALDEZ. THE HIGH
TEMPERATURE AT THE AIRPORT WAS 84 DEGREES. 

TEMPERATURES WILL REMAIN ABOVE NORMAL ON TUESDAY BUT WILL BE COOLER
THAN TODAY. THE COOLING TREND WILL CONTINUE ON WEDNESDAY.

Here is the satellite picture from yesterday showing the clear air up there...

3) Our precipitation has varied quite a bit this year. Officially we're shy of 17" 
or so @ KCI. But take a look at some of the other cities in the region. Some have had almost 
doubled that...



4) Our next decent rain chance really doesn't get here till later tomorrow night
into Thursday. After that it looks a lot drier and hotter as well into the weekend.

5) My cats...I never try to waste your time or totally bore you on the blog by
showing pictures of our animals, but I have tweeted this out since my wife decided that for Father's Day to
dress up the cats in celebration. This is Abby who has got her bow-tie on!



Don't worry I won't be showing my pet pictures again for a long time, if ever! lol

Joe

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