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Coffee and a Forecast for Friday, January 21, 2011

Sunny and a little cooler this weekend in Tucson.  Rain today for the Pacific Northwest, but nice there this weekend.  COLD and some snow in the Plains and Upper Midwest.  Snow in Eastern Great Lakes and lingering in parts of New England.  Mike also has the forecast for the rest of the Winter courtesy of AccuWeather.com.

Coffee and a Forecast for Friday, June 4, 2010

Sunny and Hot with a high near 100

Clear skies tonight with a low near 68

Heating up more this weekend. Saturday 103, Sunday 105, Monday 106. Enjoy!

May was Cool and Dry. Don't get used to it!

Saguaro in Bloom, May 8, 2010

Saguaro in Bloom, May 8, 2010

The numbers are back from the National Weather Service office in Tucson and the numbers show what you already know.  May was nice and cool.  Almost a full degree below “normal.”  It was dry too.  Only .02″ fell at the official rain gauge at the International Airport, .22″ below normal.

The cool May continued the streak of a cool year so far.  For the first time since 1988 the average temperature through May in Tucson was below normal and May was the 4th month in a row below normal as well.

You can read the entire summary here.

Now the bad news.  This Summer is likely to heat up.  The National Weather Service says there is a good chance that we will be hotter than normal this June, and this Summer, with equal chances of normal rainfall during Monsoon.  AccuWeather.com is also predicting a hot Summer pretty much for all of the country except maybe the West Coast and the Northern Plains.

As for our Monsoon, the National Weather Service office released this forecast a few weeks ago.  Assuming that the Pacific flips to a La Nina this Summer I think we will see a slow start to Monsoon with an active finish!  We may end up with normal, or above normal rainfall, with periods of heavy rain in August and September.  I hope that forecast bears out.

Joe Bastardi with AccuWeather and others are calling for a very active Hurricane Season in the Atlantic.  The Gulf of Mexico is warming quickly and the coming La Nina in the Pacific will negate the shear that comes with El Nino years.  Bastardi is already calling it the Hurricane Season from Hades and we haven’t seen any activity yet.  The good news is a couple of hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico may actually help disperse the oil from the BP oil spill!

Joe Bastardi is also predicting a lot of melting ice in the Arctic this Summer.  Folks will likely point to that as more evidence of Global Warming.  However, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation has entered a cold phase.  La Nina and a cold Pacific for the next year and a half will bring the ice back in a hurry and the country will be cold and colder the next two Winters.  Time will tell.

Coffee and a Forecast for Friday, May 21, 2010

Sunny, breezy and hot with a high in the upper 90s.

Clear skies tonight with a low near 65.

Sunny, windy and not as hot tomorrow. High near 94. Winds gusting to near 30 mph.

Breezy Saturday Night. Low in the low 60s. Winds gusting to near 20 mph.

Sunny, windy and cooler with a high in the upper 80s. Winds gusting over 30 mph.

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