Thursday, June 26, 2008

Summer Rain

If you think back to the beginning of June, it had seemed like summer started early and there was no hope for rain. This brought back memories from the summer of 2006 when the state was in a bad drought. I remember showing burn bans almost everyday. Now, the weather pattern is in our favor for more rain over the next 5-7 days. The area of high pressure to our west, known as our summer ridge, will stay far enough away to keep the dry and hot weather over the dessert southwest. A powerful storm system will develop across the northern plains, bringing unwanted weather to Iowa and the Mississippi River. We are stuck in between these two systems, allowing for the sea breeze and daytime heating to spark off scattered thunderstorms. The low pressure to our north might even push a cold front into East Texas late in the weekend, leading to even more rain. Even if you are tired of the rain, we need to be thankful because the dry, summer heat will more than likely invade in July and August.