First of all, is it really July 19th already? As a kid I remember summers lasting almost forever, now it seems to last about two weeks. I feel cheated.
July: So far, the statewide average temperature for July is 77.4 degrees, 1.5 degrees above normal. The statewide average precipitation is 1.94 inches, 93 percent of normal. Strangely, the interior of the state is experiencing near to above-normal precipitation while the edges have experienced below-normal precipitation (map below).
NWS Outlooks: The NWS has released their outlooks for August and beyond. The big news is the possible return of El Niño. While conditions are currently neutral in the Pacific Ocean, the chance for El Niño increases to about 65 percent in the fall, and to about 70 percent during this winter. As a rule of thumb, warmer than normal temperatures are expected in winter during strong El Niño events. Continue reading