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  1. beavis1729

    October 2018 General Discussion

    Some interesting weather going on in NA. Fairbanks, AK has yet to see any flakes this season so far...it's the latest on record without a T of snow. I believe the prior record was October 8th or 9th. Also, from another forum: Very impressive to see DFW have their first high temperature below 50 of the fall before NYC. A -30 high temperature departure this time of year is pretty extreme. A new record low maximum temperature of 49 degrees was also set. (The previous record was 60 degrees in 1923.) This is the earliest in the season for a high temperature in the 40s. (The previous record was October 22, 1936.)
  2. beavis1729

    October 2018 General Discussion

    On the cold & snowy side of the recent storm, Grand Forks ND dropped to 9F this morning over fresh snow cover. It obliterated the old daily record low of 19F from 1979...and is probably the coldest temp on record so early in the season. Normal low is 34.
  3. beavis1729

    October 2018 General Discussion

    Yep. Could be near freezing tomorrow night...should finally get rid of the mosquitoes.
  4. beavis1729

    October 2018 General Discussion

    ORD dropped to 70 at 7:00 AM, now up to 72 before the plunge begins tonight. The max/min yesterday was 85/70, crazy for October 9. The low of 70 set a new max low temp for the date, and the 2nd latest 70+ min on record.
  5. Mobile, AL was 91/82/113 at 12 PM local time...wow. Now down to 87/79 after a storm rolled through.
  6. beavis1729

    September 2018 General Discussion

    I forgot about that anomalous heat last September...I guess I try to block out warm wx as much as possible. 7 consecutive daily records...wow.
  7. Looks like Boston had a max/min of 98/81 today...crazy for the time of year.
  8. beavis1729

    August 2018 General Discussion

    Min temp at ORD this morning was 78...should be able to hold this through midnight.
  9. beavis1729

    Winter 2018 Discussion

    Interesting...I have seen comments in other sub forums suggesting that a weak and/or Modoki El Niño may be on the way...which would generally be good for our area. I guess it all just shows that it’s still a bit early to speculate. But we should have a much better idea in 3-4 weeks.
  10. Good point about the corn...and even in Chicago metro, the prevailing W or SW winds may advect some of the higher-Td air from the cornfields into the area. There is something unsettling about humans altering their environment so much, that it impacts local & regional climo so significantly...
  11. I've been thinking how rare it has been over the last few "summers" (which I define as June 10th - Sep 10th at ORD due to the colder lake temps in early June) to have comfortable mornings...or even "normal" mornings. So far in 2018, about 70% of days in this time period have had above-normal low temps at ORD...and it's probably similar for 2016 and 2017. Some of this is UHI...but warmer mornings during this 3-month "summer" period seem to be occurring over all of the Chicago metro, not just ORD. In July, the normal low is around 65...so you'd generally expect the same # of days with lows of 70+ vs. lows in the 50s. But here are the numbers... July 2016: 10 days with lows of 70+, 4 days with lows in the 50s July 2017: 7 days with lows of 70+, 1 day with lows in the 50s July 2018: 10 days with lows of 70+, 1 day with lows in the 50s July 2016-2018 Total: 27 days with lows of 70+, 6 days with lows in the 50s I hope this isn't a "new normal". In summers past, I remember many instances when a cool Canadian high would come down, with dry dewpoints and highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s...even during the peak of summer. It seems like we rarely get these days anymore. Is it because the arctic/Canada is generally warming...and therefore the source region for these air masses is warmer? Or, is it simply UHI in all of Chicago metro, not just ORD?
  12. beavis1729

    August 2018 General Discussion

    And the INL hourly obs were interesting...it was 56/49 at 9 PM last night...then 35/35 at 6 AM this morning...then up to 50/50 three hours later. Is that indicative of extreme radiational cooling...where both the temp and Td dropped significantly for a brief period of time, then recovered? You don't see that too often, especially this time of year.
  13. beavis1729

    July 2018 General Discussion

    ^ That's some insane UHI at ORD. What could be causing that - the recent change in location of the ob site?
  14. July 2018 will end as the warmest July on record in Key West FL, with a mean temp of 86.9F. Even so, it's only a +2.3F departure from the 1981-2010 normal. On July 26th, the max/min was 93/86...yuck. The only hotter month was August 2007, with a mean temp of 87.5F.
  15. beavis1729

    Arctic Sea Ice Extent, Area, and Volume

    Not sure if this is the appropriate thread...but the dewpoint at Barrow (Utqiagvik) AK hit 58 yesterday. That is shocking to me...at 71.3N, right on the Arctic Ocean.