Weekend Heat Before Summer “Polar Vortex” Next Week
The sea-saw pattern of hot then not this spring and summer has remarkably steamrolled right into the middle of July. So far a modest 5 days (4 in Charleston) of 90 degree heat have been registered for the season. That number is close to where we were at this time last summer but is dwarfed by the 19 days of 90 heat we endured by July 11th in 2012.
With no big heat waves in sight through next weekend, it is safe to say that even with a scorching second half of the summer, no records for heat longevity will occur this summer.
As for this weekend, the county fair season shifts into high gear as the Putnam and Jackson Ohio fairs join the Lawrence Ohio Fair. Kids in 4H are used to showing their animals in hot and humid weather and this weekend will be no exception as daily highs eye 90 degrees.
Of course the old timers have a saying come fair time; namely, it is always hot and it always rains at the fair”. True enough after all both July and August are 2 of the top 3 hottest months of the year and both are known for their rains, especially July.
So when a warm front arrives Sunday night and a cold front on Monday night, we should expect rounds of showers and thunderstorms to bring welcomed rain.
Behind the cold front, a piece of the Summer Polar Vortex will set up shop in the Great Lakes region next week.
The last time we talked polar vortex we were enduring the harshest winter in almost 20 years with record cold and 50 days of snowfall. Who could forget snow falling on or around Vets Day and Thanksgiving in November? Or Christmas in December (a dusting not quite making it a White Christmas) ? And every holiday from New Years until St. Patty’s day in March having snow?
This go round a piece of the coolest air on the North American continent will rip apart from the mother vortex at the North Pole and usher in an unusual mid-summer taste of early fall next week. Highs in the 70s and lows in the comfy 50s (even 40s in the mountains) will have college football fans thinking tailgate weather by Tuesday through Thursday.