Upper level troughing by week's end...

By: Zachary Labe , 8:18 PM GMT on July 28, 2010

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A gentle eroding wind blows against the long-standing sign, "COMING SOON: Luxury Homes." Weeds grow upon the posts as it sits gently along a farm field. But in recent weeks, the sounds of a crisp cool morning have been eroded by bulldozers, dynamite, etc. The ancient sign that posed a hollow threat for nearly ten years has finally made its accusation. Unfortunately this meant the realization for those of us, that our beautiful mountain landscape would be drastically harnessed permanently. The wheat fields that once grazed a myriad of wildlife are destroyed. The wheat fields that once served as shelter for packs of deer is no more. The wheat fields that once provided a window into the beauty of the ridge and valley region has been eliminated. Torrents of dust, dirt, and mud exist and the blowing amber fields of grass along the base of Blue MOuntain is only a distant memory. Along the mighty creeks serving as a resource for the ridge to serve as a flood reservoir, no contain floods of brown mud serging along the babbling brook's rocks. In a time where economic concerns prevail throughout the housing markets, and scores of local contractors ending their construction for new neighborhoods early, why is necessary to destroy once protected land. For years this sign has only been a source of laughter. "Ha, that coming soon sign has been there for years." Yet as soon as the chuckle ended before our eyes, one day the field was destroyed. Due to a score of concerns for our neighborhood, many attended local township meetings to deter the contractor from their construction, but it was no such luck. Now we wait as homes slowly construct themselves along the base of a mountain and up onto the mountainside. Once a large Native American Reservation and Patton's Fort, eventually matured into local farmland, now finally to be built up as just another fancy neighborhood. While beautiful real estate, it is such ashame that thousands of stories just like this are occuring all across the United States and world. I am far from a those enthrowed with anthropogenic global warming, but concern for local environments is important in its own sense. Oiled black asphault is not my idea for a picture perfect setting. And tis all why I hope to eventually mitigrate towards a quiet mountainside community with a successful career as I come of age.

Onto the weather... Recently a unique collection of severe thunderstorms exhibited themselves across the Keystone state and the rest of the northern Middle Atlantic. While everyday scores of thunderstorms migrate across the globe with electrons striking their lightning fury overy the harsh landscape, these thunderstorms proved unusual in their makeup. The majority of thunderstorms across the northern Middle Atlantic organize themselves into squall lines and/or large clusters. Unlike the Midwest and their associated supercells, our thunderstorms rarely have echo tops as high as the bottom of the stratosphere. Most of the time run of the mill thunderstorms are common in our region due to several inhibiting factors. But this week, several days offered unique supercellular characteristics creating the catalyst for several tornadoes in the northern Middle Atlantic. Across the heartland flat praires in close proximity to the gulf stream offers the perfect opportunity for thunderstorms to grow with few preventive factors. Closer to home the Appalachian Mountains and cool easterly Atlantic flow causes several detering factors in severe weather.

Local model guidance exhibited several characteristics that offered evidence for the potential for supercellular formation. The GFS and ECMWF both highlighted a slow moving warm front across the region with a strong upper level low in Canada dragging on a cold front through the Ohio Valley. The warm front served as the lifting mechanism and a bubble of upper level ridging over the Tennessee Valley helped to feed heat and humidity into the region. Moisture from deteorating Bonnie also helped to aid boundary layer dewpoints in the mid to upper 70s with PWATs aloft +2SD at nearly 2.0in. Concentrated areas of higher helicity along the warm front created a natural upper level rotation, along with shear values crossing the impressive 50knots threshold. But a problem did exist, 700mb heights were near the critical CAP threshold at 8-9C. Typical strong CAPs exist around 9-10C, but this unique instability setup did allow for thunderstorms to form. Thunderstorms develop on the basis of contrasting thunderstorms, warm air at the surface and cold air aloft. The contrast helps create healthy cellular updrafts and downdrafts. But when the air column is warm with little atmospheric cooling as one increases elevation, then this puts a CAP on convection development. This helped to prevent thunderstorm formation in southern areas in southern Pennsylvania and all of Maryland/Delaware. Closer to the warm front with steeper lapse rates, thunderstorms were able to form. SBCAPE values rose to near 3000j/kg with MUCAPE up to an astonishing 4000j/kg. Remember CAPE is convective available potential energy. Therefore the higher the number, the higher the instability. Anything above 1800j/kg is usually a good sign for strong thunderstorm development in Pennsylvania posing that there is a lift for formation.

Each day of the stalled warm front allowed discrete supercells to form with concentrated areas of severe damage. While the thunderstorms were not widespread, their actual makeup was very impressive. They featured echo tops nearly to 50,000ft, almost into the stratosphere. Also they contained VIL values near 50-60. VIL is a measure of hail formation; simply put the higher the number above 30, is usually a good sign for hail. Fortunately the freezing level aloft was nearly well aloft, so hail was not a major threat. With strong vertical and horizontal shear, tornadoes became a threat. Several reported tornadoes occured along the New York/Pennsylvania border bringing the number of reported tornadoes in Pennsylvania to 12 for the year. Average number per year is nine.

The final day of the severe weather featured the approach of the cold front drapped across western Pennsylvania Sunday July 25 during the morning. A decaying MCV (mesoscale convective vortex) provided the lift for a bowing line segment over central Pennsylvania and on eastward. But across the Lower Susquehanna Valley, a unique combination of impressive kinematics and thermondynamics allowed for a few discrete supercells to form out ahead of the line. These cells produced several tornado warnings, but no actually tornado reports.

This poses my main point. Across southeastern central Pennsylvania from the Lower Susquehanna Valley into the western Delaware Valley is a unique geographic location that offers each severe weather season several unique thunderstorms. While I am not saying this region focuses the most severe weather per year, but it does pose the threat for the most intense thunderstorms (supercells). The geographic region has several factors that offers the nickname the 'tornado valley of the east.'

The Appalachian Mountains pose a looming existence just to the west of the region. Blue Mountain is the first ridge as one travels from east to west. From there westward, exists many ridgetops topping elevations around 2000ft until the Alleghany Plateau. This creates the orographic lift for thunderstorm formation until they traverse east of the Blue Ridge on to flat land with elevations below 500ft. To the east of the region is the Atlantic Ocean which offers an easterly moisture anomaly into the factor. And to the south is the Chesapeake Bay offering another unusual moisture factor which helps to nose up dewpoints on summer days. The combination of the flat land downwind of a large mountain chain in correlation with several moisture anomalies from large boundaries of water, creates a natural spin to the atmosphere. Countless times once thunderstorms move downwind of the mountain, they strengthen rapidly peaking across Lancaster County and immediate surrounding areas. Each year thunderstorms in this region develop the strongest and produce several anomalies over the region. While statistically western Pennsylvania (Westmoreland County to be specific) sees the most severe weather reports per season, the Lower Susquehanna Valley and eastward offer unusually strong thunderstorms which develop supercellular characteristics. The Oklahoma Climatology Survey even advocates that while the national average is one tornado per 10,000 square miles, there is small isolated concentration of 3 per 10,000 square miles in the Lower Susquehanna Valley. To keep in relativity this number reaches nine for a max per 10,000 square miles across the Oklahoma tornado alley heartland.

Quiet weather appears to exist the coming few days outside a quick cold frontal passage on Thursday. A quick-moving cold front will move downwind of the Great Lakes Wednesday night and Thursday through early afternoon. A bit of elevated CAPE near 1000j/kg will allow thunderstorms to develop along the front and move southeast Wednesday night. Simulated radar from the 4km HIRES NMM WRF indicates a broken line of steady showers and thunderstorms forming over western Pennsylvania tracking eastward. Average QPF pools from a GFS/NAM correlation indicate an average .2-.8in basinwide with lower amounts across the south and east. Convective feedback problems over northern Pennsylvania show 1in QPF, but that will likely be isolated. By Thursday morning, showers and thunderstorms will be moving across central Pennsylvania. Unfavorable timing will likely inhibit most severe weather for Pennsylvania despite adequate shear 0-6km near 30-35knots. But isolated severe weather is possible over Maryland and Delaware as the cold front moves over the region by early to mid afternoon. Highs are dependent on the front's timing, but it is possible for southern areas to reach 90F ahead of the front in the southwest flow. Northwestern areas will remain in the lower 80s. Not all areas will receive rain and it is likely parts of Pennsylvania remain dry as the front passes through during the diurnal min. By Friday upper level troughing over the region will maintain slightly below normal temperatures and sunshine over the region.

Friday will likely feature the best weather in nearly weeks along with Saturday and possibly Sunday. Humidity will remain low with partly cloudy skies. Highs will be in the mid to upper 70s over the higher elevations with lower 80s in the major metropolitan regions. Lows will even drop into the low 50s near Bradford with adequate radiational cooling conditions.

By late Sunday into early next week, a stationary boundary will lift slowly northward from North Carolina to the Ohio Valley which will bring a return to the heat and humidity by early next week with diurnal threats of showers and thunderstorms. At this time widespread severe weather does not look likely through the next seven days. Looking ahead into August, a positive NAO and roaring La Nina will likely favor increasing heat again for the month with above average temperature montly departures. Another hot month looks to be in store with normal precipitation.

Thursday- A chance of showers and thunderstorms will be ongoing in the morning spreading eastward throughout the day. An isolated severe storm is possible with wind damage being the primary threat. Highs will be in the low 80s in the northwest to near 90 towards Washington DC. Mostly cloudy skies will dominate

Friday-Sunday- High pressure and a northwest flow will maintain 70s to 80s for highs and lows in the 50s regionwide with low humidity and clear skies.

Regional updating radar...


"Here north of Harrisburg 2010 statistics"
(Severe Weather Stats...)
Severe Thunderstorm Watches- 10
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings- 9
Tornado Watches- 1
Tornado Warnings- 1
Total Thunderstorms- 15

(Precipitation Stats...)
Flood Watches- 3
Flood Warnings- 1
Monthly Precipitation- 0.83inches
Yearly Precipitation- 23.13inches

(Temperature Stats...)
Heat Advisories- 5
Excessive Heat Watches- 1
Excessive Heat Warnings- 1
90degree days- 28
Highest Temperature 101F (x2)

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99. weathergeek5
2:38 AM GMT on August 07, 2010
I wonder if P451 saw this:

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98. Zachary Labe
1:37 AM GMT on August 07, 2010
Quoting pittsburghnurse:
Oh my, dew points in the 50s, around 70F, what's not to like? Am so looking forward to waking up to strings of days like this. Every day I look at the forecast for some hints of a trend. Every day I'm disappointed :(

Yes, this weekend will be marvelous weatherwise, finally!
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97. pittsburghnurse
12:52 AM GMT on August 07, 2010
Oh my, dew points in the 50s, around 70F, what's not to like? Am so looking forward to waking up to strings of days like this. Every day I look at the forecast for some hints of a trend. Every day I'm disappointed :(
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96. goofyrider
11:49 PM GMT on August 06, 2010
Spring Lake

Impressive build up around 1200 hrs of towering cumulus in east /west banks and the sky started to darken. Humidity dropped from the 80's this morning to 40's this evening w/ no rain .

The ground is so dry that it can't help the evaporation cycle. Characteristic of the pattern we are in you can watch the moisture levels drop between the PA/OH border and central PA as happened last night.

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95. Zachary Labe
2:03 PM GMT on August 06, 2010
Quoting originalLT:
Blizz, that line of storms I mentioned in post # 92 is still holding together and IF it holds together, I think it will reach your area between 4-6AM. Let us know if it survived! There is one small but strong storm that again missed me, it is currently about 50 milesNorth of me and moving East. Could really use the rain but now looks like I'll be dry at least untill Monday.

Nope no rain here. It looks like some drier weather is headed our direction for the next week or so. At least we got the .33in of rain the other night.
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94. originalLT
4:01 AM GMT on August 06, 2010
Blizz, that line of storms I mentioned in post # 92 is still holding together and IF it holds together, I think it will reach your area between 4-6AM. Let us know if it survived! There is one small but strong storm that again missed me, it is currently about 50 milesNorth of me and moving East. Could really use the rain but now looks like I'll be dry at least untill Monday.
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93. Hoynieva
1:48 AM GMT on August 06, 2010
dry dry dry...not a single drop in these parts :(
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92. originalLT
10:24 PM GMT on August 05, 2010
Blizz, looks like some showers are trying to fire-up near or along the actual cold front itself in extreme western NY, and NW PA. do you think they will have any staying power, or will they fizzle, after the sun goes down?
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91. P451
9:35 PM GMT on August 05, 2010
Two days in a row of predicted heavy weather and nothing has happened. Been a pretty solid theme this summer. Wonder why.
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90. Zachary Labe
7:15 PM GMT on August 05, 2010
Quoting originalLT:
Looks like a real big storm approaching the DC. area from the west, hope Heavy Snow is OK.

Yep, that has a nasty wind core. Probably some widespread power outages going to come out from that cell's track.
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89. originalLT
7:01 PM GMT on August 05, 2010
Looks like a real big storm approaching the DC. area from the west, hope Heavy Snow is OK.
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88. originalLT
6:56 PM GMT on August 05, 2010
Yeah, I think we are done here where I am for any precip. Looks pretty violent though for VA., West VA., and parts of the Carolinas. Up State NY and Central NE. got some good rains, and some parts of CT. PA. looks quiet too.
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87. originalLT
6:30 PM GMT on August 05, 2010
I hear ya, TheF1Man, missed me too in Stamford, and it looks like nothing else is forming to our west, could be a dry frontal passage for us.
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86. TheF1Man
6:17 PM GMT on August 05, 2010
Looks like a line of storms will pass to my north along with the ones that have already missed me...sigh we need rain
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85. Zachary Labe
2:23 PM GMT on August 05, 2010
Quoting TheRasberryPatch:
I am not sure if a second storm came through last night, but the power went off for a few seconds around 1230am. i do know that i got 0.96" of rain last night. that is a pretty good dousing

I think that rain is all from the first storm. Anyways looks like a storm report came in out of Hershey with trees and powerlines down along Chocolate and Park Avenues.
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84. P451
1:05 PM GMT on August 05, 2010
Heard thunder overnight. No rain. Too tired to get up and check the radar.

Seems we have a good shot today. Very hot and humid already here.

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83. TheRasberryPatch
11:43 AM GMT on August 05, 2010
I am not sure if a second storm came through last night, but the power went off for a few seconds around 1230am. i do know that i got 0.96" of rain last night. that is a pretty good dousing
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82. goofyrider
2:13 AM GMT on August 05, 2010
Spring Lake

See phil NEXRAD radar

Note density of storms and lightning in the extension of "Thunder alley".
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81. baxtheweatherman
1:52 AM GMT on August 05, 2010
The storms died before they reached us (again), leaving us with almost nothing. The forecast is very dry and we need rain!
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80. Zachary Labe
1:50 AM GMT on August 05, 2010
Quoting TheRasberryPatch:
thanks Blizz
so what was this bit of rain all about? it is the same bout that hit the midwest

It was a MCS located along the pre-frontal trough axis that rode the area of instability from the Ohio Valley into southern Pennsylvania.
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79. TheRasberryPatch
1:45 AM GMT on August 05, 2010
thanks Blizz. I had 0.33" in the cocorahs gauge and left it there for tomorrow mornings multiday reading. there is now well over an inch. i'd say 0.80" at least from this little storm
so what was this bit of rain all about? it is the same bout that hit the midwest
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78. Zachary Labe
1:37 AM GMT on August 05, 2010
Quoting TheRasberryPatch:
anymore on the way Blizz? this morning when I left Michigan the storm wasn't as active lightningwise, but it was a big blob of yellow that followed all the way from Chicago through Indiana and Ohio into PA. what happened to the big blog? is this the front moving through or will we have more to come tomorrow?

The cold front is still well to our west and will approach the region tomorrow with perhaps a more widespread threat of strong to severe thunderstorms.
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77. TheRasberryPatch
1:27 AM GMT on August 05, 2010
anymore on the way Blizz? this morning when I left Michigan the storm wasn't as active lightningwise, but it was a big blob of yellow that followed all the way from Chicago through Indiana and Ohio into PA. what happened to the big blog? is this the front moving through or will we have more to come tomorrow?
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76. TheRasberryPatch
1:07 AM GMT on August 05, 2010
thanks originalLT. hopefully, the power will stay on

Blizz - i think it is very comparable to the storm from July 25th for me
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75. Zachary Labe
1:07 AM GMT on August 05, 2010
Quoting TheRasberryPatch:
nothing so far for me, but it is just outside my doorstep and the CTG is already bad.

Most impressive lightning I have seen this year. In fact it was interfering with the weather radio, TV, and other electronics.
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74. originalLT
1:04 AM GMT on August 05, 2010
Be safe TRP. Looks like there is some real strong cells along the PA. MD. border,just north of Balitmore.
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73. TheRasberryPatch
1:00 AM GMT on August 05, 2010
nothing so far for me, but it is just outside my doorstep and the CTG is already bad.
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72. originalLT
12:46 AM GMT on August 05, 2010
Yeah, Blizz, it looked like that T.Storm pulsed stronger just as it got to your area.
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71. Zachary Labe
12:41 AM GMT on August 05, 2010
Quoting TheRasberryPatch:
Good evening Blizz. that big blob followed me home from Niles, MI (just north of South Bend). I was just barely keeping up with it, at times. It seems like once it got to the mountains it is dissipating a bit. we could use some rain i assume.

Vicious CTG lightning in this storm. About .33in of rain.
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70. TheRasberryPatch
12:32 AM GMT on August 05, 2010
Good evening Blizz. that big blob followed me home from Niles, MI (just north of South Bend). I was just barely keeping up with it, at times. It seems like once it got to the mountains it is dissipating a bit. we could use some rain i assume.
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69. Zachary Labe
12:03 AM GMT on August 05, 2010
717WeatherLover- Hey! How's it going? Today definitely felt like the most oppressive in the humidity department this summer. Thanks for stopping by!

originalLT- Bit of thunder here, but it appears the storm is weakening.
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68. TrentonThunder
11:36 PM GMT on August 04, 2010
New study finds huge drop in the plants that form the base of the oceanic food chain
A study published this week in the journal Nature documents that microscopic marine phytoplankton, which form the basis of the marine food chain, have declined by 40% globally since 1950.

16 national all-time record high temperatures have been broken so far in 2010, the most of any year on record. Only one country has set its coldest temperature in recorded history mark in 2010. Guinea had its coldest temperature in its history on January 9, 2010, when the mercury hit 34.5F at Mali-ville in the Labe region. Of the 229 countries with extreme coldest temperature records, 14 of these records have occurred in the past ten years (6% of all countries). There have been 5.3 times as many (74) extreme hottest temperature records in the past ten years (33% of all countries.)

There have been 10 years where 5 or more heat records were broken, all occuring since 1983. 6 of the top-10 years have occured since 2000 and includes #1 through #4. What's left of the record-breaking 1990's are now being pushed off the list as well as what's left of the 1980's. The 2000's will be the next to vanish from the top-10 as we move on into the 2010's before they too will follow suit.

2010: 16 records so far
2007: 15 records
2003: 12 records
2005: 11 records
1998: 9 records
1983: 9 records
2009: 6 records
2000: 5 records
1999: 5 records
1987: 5 records

The 16 countries that have broken all-time record highs so far in 2010:

Ukraine ties its record for hottest temperature in history
On August 1, Ukraine tied its record for hottest temperature in its history when the mercury hit 41.3C (106.3F) at Lukhansk. The Ukraine also reached 41.3C on July 20 and 21, 2007, at Voznesensk.

Cyprus records its hottest temperature in history yesterday
The island of Cyprus recorded its hottest temperature in its history on August 1, 2010 when the mercury hit 46.6C (115.9F) at Lefconica. The old record for Cyprus was 44.4C (111.9F) at Lefkosia in August 1956. An older record of 46.6C from July 1888 was reported from Nicosia, but is of questionable reliability.

Finland recorded its hottest temperature on July 29, 2010, when the mercury hit 99F (37.2C) at Joensuu. The old (undisputed) record was 95F (35C) at Jvaskyla on July 9, 1914.

Qatar had its hottest temperature in history on July 14, 2010, when the mercury hit 50.4C (122.7F) at Doha Airport.

Russia had its hottest temperature in history on July 11, when the mercury rose to 111.2F in Yashkul, Kalmykia Republic, in the European portion of Russia near the Kazakhstan border. The previous hottest temperature in Russia (not including the former Soviet republics) was the 43.8C (110.8F) reading measured at Alexander Gaj, Kalmykia Republic, on August 6, 1940. The remarkable heat in Russia this year has not been limited just to the European portion of the country--the Asian portion of Russia also recorded its hottest temperature in history this year, a 42.3C (108.1F) reading at Belogorsk, near the Amur River border with China. The previous record for the Asian portion of Russia was 41.7C (107.1F) at nearby Aksha on July 21, 2004.

Sudan recorded its hottest temperature in its history on June 25 when the mercury rose to 49.6C (121.3F) at Dongola. The previous record was 49.5C (121.1F) set in July 1987 in Aba Hamed.

Niger tied its record for hottest day in history on June 22, 2010, when the temperature reached 47.1C (116.8F) at Bilma. That record stood for just one day, as Bilma broke the record again on June 23, when the mercury topped out at 48.2C (118.8F). The previous record was 47.1C on May 24, 1998, also at Bilma.

Saudi Arabia had its hottest temperature ever on June 22, 2010, with a reading of 52.0C (125.6F) in Jeddah, the second largest city in Saudi Arabia. The previous record was 51.7C (125.1F), at Abqaiq, date unknown. The record heat was accompanied by a sandstorm, which caused eight power plants to go offline, resulting in blackouts to several Saudi cities.

Chad had its hottest day in history on June 22, 2010, when the temperature reached 47.6C (117.7F) at Faya. The previous record was 47.4C (117.3F) at Faya on June 3 and June 9, 1961.

Kuwait recorded its hottest temperature in history on June 15 in Abdaly, according to the Kuwait Met office. The mercury hit 52.6C (126.7F). Kuwait's previous all-time hottest temperature was 51.9C (125.4F), on July 27,2007, at Abdaly. Temperatures reached 51C (123.8F) in the capital of Kuwait City on June 15, 2010.

Iraq had its hottest day in history on June 14, 2010, when the mercury hit 52.0C (125.6F) in Basra. Iraq's previous record was 51.7C (125.1F) set August 8, 1937, in Ash Shu'aybah.

Pakistan had its hottest temperature in history on May 26, when the mercury hit an astonishing 53.5C (128.3F) at the town of MohenjuDaro, according to the Pakistani Meteorological Department. While this temperature reading must be reviewed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) for authenticity, not only is the 128.3F reading the hottest temperature ever recorded in Pakistan, it is the hottest reliably measured temperature ever recorded on the continent of Asia.

Myanmar (Burma) had its hottest temperature in its recorded history on May 12, when the mercury hit 47C (116.6F) in Myinmu, according to the Myanmar Department of Meteorology and Hydrology. Myanmar's previous hottest temperature was 45.8C (114.4F) at Minbu, Magwe division on May 9, 1998. According to Chris Burt, author of the authoritative weather records book Extreme Weather, the 47C measured this year is the hottest temperature in Southeast Asia history.

Ascention Island (St. Helena, a U.K. Territory) had its hottest temperature in history on March 25, 2010, when the mercury hit 34.9%uFFFDC (94.8C) at Georgetown. The previous record was 34.0C (93.2F) at Georgetown in April 2003, exact day unknown.

The Solomon Islands had their hottest temperature in history on February 1, 2010, when the mercury hit 36.1C (97F) at Lata Nendo (Ndeni). The previous record for Solomon Islands was 35.6C (96.0F) at Honaiara, date unknown.

Columbia had its hottest temperature in history on January 24, 2010, when Puerto Salgar hit 42.3C (108F). The previous record was 42.0C (107.6F) at El Salto in March 1988 (exact day unknown).
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67. originalLT
10:16 PM GMT on August 04, 2010
Boy Blizz, is that a "Derachio" heading towards you? Looks impressive.
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66. 717WeatherLover
9:22 PM GMT on August 04, 2010
Blizz, couldn't you work a little weather wizzard magic and get rid of this oppressive stuff? I worry so for the members of the CD Ram Marching Band who have band camp from 8-12 and 6-9 this week and next! Tonight is going to be pure torture for them!
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65. TheF1Man
8:37 PM GMT on August 04, 2010
Thanks blizz! it would've been my luck that brings a hurricane to the D.R. while i'm there.

as for my area, no rain in weeks and the crab-grass has filled in nicely...at least it's green

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64. TrentonThunder
5:47 PM GMT on August 04, 2010
Wow, I'm at 92F - 75D - 103 H.I. right now.
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63. Zachary Labe
5:05 PM GMT on August 04, 2010
Quoting zotty:
A friend sent the first winter prediction I have seen by you know who- I look forward to the real one... from Blizz

Hahaha... that will be the typical Labor Day weekend debut.


*Awfully humid today, terribly oppressive with a new heat advisory here.
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62. zotty
4:24 PM GMT on August 04, 2010
A friend sent the first winter prediction I have seen by you know who- I look forward to the real one... from Blizz
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61. Zachary Labe
1:39 AM GMT on August 04, 2010
originalLT- I checked it out! Technology has caused a full storm front of opportunities for those of us looking into meteorology as a career. The advent of the internet is a just a building block of tremendous knowledge.
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60. originalLT
11:01 PM GMT on August 03, 2010
Blizz, I went on to one of the blogs called, HurricanBen, here on WU, and I read what he had to say about Tropical Storm Colin. Then I noticed at the side of the Blog page, he listed his age as 10 ! I said to myself, well looks like we are going to have another Blizz! I was really impressed by him for his writing at such a young age. Check that blog out.
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59. weathergeek5
9:00 PM GMT on August 03, 2010
How did Wilmington DE fare for the month of July?
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58. TrentonThunder
12:35 PM GMT on August 03, 2010
Quoting Blizzard92:

Thanks for the link! I have never been there before...


Yeah I was having fun with that site...


A few July records from Mount Holly & Sterling

...3RD WARMEST MONTH ON RECORD AT MOUNT POCONO...

...TIED FOR WARMEST MONTH ON RECORD AT TRENTON...

...MOST DAYS ON RECORD IN ANY MONTH THAT REACHED OR EXCEEDED 90
DEGREES AT TRENTON...

...2ND WARMEST MONTH ON RECORD AT PHILADELPHIA...

...WARMEST MONTH ON RECORD AT ATLANTIC CITY...

...WARMEST MONTH ON RECORD AT BALTIMORE...

...HIGHEST AVERAGE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE ON RECORD AT BALTIMORE OF 92.5F...

...AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE RECORD TIED AT WASHINGTON NATIONAL
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57. listenerVT
1:14 AM GMT on August 03, 2010
Thunderstorms up here tonight. (NW VT) According to the animated radar at wptz.com, one of them blew up right over my house. I love a good thunderstorm. Won't have to water the gardens for a few days now, too. :~)
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56. Zachary Labe
8:01 PM GMT on August 02, 2010
.02in of rain from a recent passing shower here.
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55. Zachary Labe
5:13 PM GMT on August 02, 2010
TheF1Man- Thankyou! Most all hurricane models support a northerly trajectory for the tropical depression taking it well north of the island. You will be on the western side of the storm, so it is likely it won't even be too breezy. It should be a good distance to your north and out of the entire area by this Friday.
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54. TheF1Man
5:03 PM GMT on August 02, 2010
Hey everyone, haven't been on here ina while, Blizz the new blog is fantastic, a great read.

I'll be taking a trip to the DR next week and i was wondering if anyone could tell if that TD in the atlantic will anything to worry about?

Anyways, the humidity is back on the rise this week eh?
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53. Zachary Labe
4:33 PM GMT on August 02, 2010
Quoting TrentonThunder:
This is a cool site I just discovered. Maybe some of you have seen it. Worth a look though.

http://mapcenter.hamweather.com/records/custom/us.html?&s=20100707

Thanks for the link! I have never been there before...
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52. TrentonThunder
4:20 PM GMT on August 02, 2010
This is a cool site I just discovered. Maybe some of you have seen it. Worth a look though.

http://mapcenter.hamweather.com/records/custom/us.html?&s=20100707
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51. TrentonThunder
5:11 AM GMT on August 02, 2010
Quoting Blizzard92:
TrentonThunder- JULY WAS THE 4TH HOTTEST JULY EVER FOR HARRISBURG. THE
AVG TEMP WAS 79.3F. 1ST ON THE HIT/HOT CHART IS 81.9F FROM 1999.


July 1999 was pretty dang hot...

2010 East Coast Review includes all states that border the ocean along with West Virginia and Vermont.

Of the 130 official stations from Key West FL to Frenchville ME, 126 reported above average temperatures in July 2010.

The 4 stations that reported below average temperatures were all immediate coastal locations. They were Cape Hatteras NC (-1.2F), Beaufort NC (-0.4), Marathon FL (-0.1), Key West FL (-0.2).

The hottest July mean of 85.2F was recorded at Albany GA and St Petersburg Florida.

The hottest temperature of 105F was recorded at Baltimore Inner Harbor MD, Glen Burnie (BWI) MD, Richmond VA, Norfolk VA.

The lowest temperature of 36F was recorded at Saranac Lake NY.

Precipitation was fairly evenly spread between above and below average value.

The highest positive anomoly of 3.73" was recorded at Charleston SC.

The lowest negative anomoly of -6.60" was recorded at Panama City FL.

Philadelphia PA's June 2010 and July 2010 mean temperature exactly matched the June and July climatic average mean temperature for Charleston SC. Funny coincidence...
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50. Hoynieva
3:11 AM GMT on August 02, 2010
We almost got it...

After weeks of brutal temperatures that flirted with the record books, July ended with a beautiful day in New York, offering the city much-needed relief, but foiling the chance to make history.

The pleasant afternoon lowered July’s average temperature below the 81.4 mark set in July 1999, the hottest month on record. The high temperature in Central Park on Saturday was 85 degrees, recorded at 3:35 p.m., and the low was 66 degrees at 7:09 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

The race for the hottest month did come down to the wire: As of Friday, the average temperature for July 2010 was 81.5, but fell to 81.3 after Saturday.

Of course, with June being unusually hot as well, there is always the chance that if August delivers similar temperatures, these three months will rank as the hottest since 1869.

(from the NY TIMES)
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49. Zachary Labe
2:08 AM GMT on August 02, 2010
TrentonThunder- JULY WAS THE 4TH HOTTEST JULY EVER FOR HARRISBURG. THE
AVG TEMP WAS 79.3F. 1ST ON THE HIT/HOT CHART IS 81.9F FROM 1999.
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