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To be honest, we are in what could very well be described as an abnormal weather pattern for July, Considerable cloudiness has prevailed, and it seems as if some part of my area sees rain (or a chance of it) almost daily. Temperatures have also been running several degrees below normal. Top it all off with the remnants of a hurricane, and you see my point, this is not the hot, sunny, stable, weather pattern the month is noted for.

While my area avoided most of Beryl's rain, my SE counties did not entirely escape the former hurricane. As you can see on the Doppler estimates, measurable rain was widespread southeast of a line from Macomb to Galesburg. East of Quincy and on to Beardstown, Illinois, 2-4 inch totals were found. Some widely scattered heavy showers also popped up for a time in spotty parts of SE Iowa and other random locations.

In general, the majority of my area did stay dry, but everybody was impacted by Beryl's cloud canopy, which shows up nicely on the satellite. It also held highs down, keeping them confined to the upper 70s to low 80s.

With the hurricane remnants lifting northeast Wednesday, that opens the door to NW flow and a disturbance that digs southeast into the Midwest. This animation shows Beryl lifting into the Great Lakes and Canad, with the new short wave diving in behind it.

It does not appear overly strong, but it will provide the forcing and instability for widely scattered showers once again Wednesday and Thursday. The most opportune time appears to be during the afternoon and evening, centered around peak heating. These again should be spotty and while amounts in most locations should be 1/4 inch or less, a few spots could see 1/2 to 1 inch where thunderstorms pop up. Other's may experience very little. Through Thursday night, can see the random hit-and-miss pockets of rain suggested by the 3k NAM.

The EURO and GFS are not as hi-resolution and smoothing eliminates the more spotty effects of the NAM, making the rain appear more widespread than it is.



With this type of pattern, there should be many dry hours and even periods of sun. As for temperatures, they remain in check...mainly in the low 80s.


For a brief time, the upper air flow flattens later in the weekend, allowing a summery surge of warmer air and rather uncomfortable humidity. Saturday the warming commences with highs inching into the mid 80s (perhaps a few upper 80s south). With partly sunny skies, humidity jumps as well.

Sunday is set to be a steamer with dew points, (aided by crop evapotranspiration), set to soar well into the 70s. The GFS has a few dew points, even pushing 80.

With actual temperatures in the range of 90-95, heat index values of 100-104 are possible. Heat headlines are looking likely if we get those juicy dew points. After another sizzling day Monday, a cold front passes Monday evening. There could be a few storms with the front, but for now warm temperatures aloft seem to thwart that prospect through capping. Mesocale details will determine the outcome. The front does take the edge off the heat Tuesday and beyond as the pattern retrogrades to NW flow once again.

There continue to be signs of a more significant shift to heat in the long term, but it does not appear it would happen until July 21st (if it even occurs). The EURO does expand a significant heat dome into the middle of the nation at that time that could get the job done. However, a weakness remains over the Great Lakes that could be just enough to keep the worst of the hot air slightly to the west.

Temperature departures are getting up there by July 23rd. Something to watch.

That's the long and short of it on a hump-day. Have a sensational one and by all means, roll weather...TS


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1. It’s Steeped In History

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3. The Restaurants Are Amazing

4. There’s A Lot To Do Outdoors

5. You Don’t Have To Travel To The Mountains To Go Skiing

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