Hot Stuff Coming Through
By Brian H. Tang
A monster heat wave melted the entire nation the last couple weeks, with numerous cities reporting record high temperatures. For instance, on July 15, Usta, South Dakota reached an incredible 120 F (49 C), which tied the all-time state record high previously set back in the Dust Bowl years. The temperatures on campus haven’t been as extreme, but the last few days have been quite uncomfortable with the high heat and humidity making it feel well over 105 F (41 C) during the mid-afternoon hours. Fortunately, a strong cold front moved through the region late yesterday and will lead to an extended period of warm, less humid, and generally dry weather.
Hurricane season is entering what has traditionally been its more active period. Tropical Storm Chris formed NE of the Leeward Islands Monday night and has since been ripped apart by strong winds in the mid-levels of the troposphere. Chris now appears to be a minimal threat to any land areas. Nevertheless, a busy hurricane season is anticipated, and a group of atmospheric scientists at Colorado State forecasts a 64% chance of a major hurricane strike on the US East Coast in the coming months, which is more than double the long-term probability.
Today: Cloudy in the morning, then a little sunshine in the afternoon. Much cooler. High 77 F (25 C).
Tonight: Clear and comfortable. Low 65 F (18 C).
Tomorrow: Sunny. High 83 F (28 C).
Sunday: Partly cloudy. Low 66 F (19 C). High 82 F (28 C).