Friday, June 19, 2009

Drought Outlook/3 month Outlooks for Rain and Temperature

I have removed the graphics for eastern Pacific Tropical Depression One-E. As I write this blog, it is falling apart and the rain bands will drift into western Mexico early this weekend.

Meanwhile in the US, we will be dealing with what is known as an Omega Block starting late in the weekend and continuing for about 5 days. It is called an Omega Block because the atmospheric pattern resembles the Greek Letter Omega (inverted U). The way it is positioned, there are troughs over the western and eastern US and a ridge over the central US. Of course, this is bad news for drought plagued Texas.

For Saturday, the ridge is still centered over the southeast US. That means very hot weather for the southeast and Texas and parts of the southwest. It will be pleasantly cool for the western coast, northern states and northeast with highs in the 60s and 70. Look for some severe weather from Illinois to the mid-Atlantic states.

Houston's highs were 98 on Thursday and Friday. It will continue very hot and dry for the next week. Take Dad to the pool on Father's Day!

Let's do dry or seco, pronounced SAY-coh. It sure is seco out there...check out drought figures at right.

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I have put up some new graphics at right...first is the U.S. Drought Monitor. Notice how much of south Texas is in extreme drought. In a previous post, I talked about how brutally dry it was around the coastal bend (when I went through there a month ago). It was like Grapes of Wrath drought. Well, it is still dry down there. And the next figure which is the Drought Outlook doesn't give much hope. Next are the 3 month outlooks for temperature and precipitation...indicating above or below normal tendencies.

Stay cool and get wet this weekend. Above all, be safe!

Happy Father's Day to all of our wonderful dads!

Cecilia Sinclair
Wonder Weather Woman