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Hello, again! I hope you have been staying cool! Once again we were in the mid-upper 90s across the area. A few places in Kansas broke into the triple digits... Russell, KS hit 100... and Hill City made it up to 102! Wow!
One REALLY good thing with all of the heat... we DON'T really have the humidity. So our heat index values have NOT been an issue, thank goodness! Just remember to seek out shade, drink plenty of water, wear light-colored/loose-fitting clothing, and take it easy outdoors during the peak heating hours. Also, make sure to check on children and the elderly... who are more likely to suffer a heat-related illness. And don't forget about the pets!! :)
We also have an OZONE ACTION ALERT for Sunday. What is that, you ask? Well, ground-level ozone is the biggest contributor to smog! High accumulation of ozone in the lower atmosphere can be harmful to people, animals, crops, and other materials. For some, breathing it can cause shortness of breath, coughing, chest tightness, or irritation of nose and throat.
It is created when nitrogen oxide gases mix with volatile organic compounds on hot, sunny days. These gaseous compounds mix like a thin soup in the atmosphere, and when they interact with sunlight, ozone is formed.
Soooo to help REDUCE the amount of pollutants in the air:
* Try to Carpool
* Ride the Bus... it's only 25 cents on Ozone Action Days!
* Wait until after 7pm to refuel vehicles
* Do not mow your lawn or use gas-powerd tools. If you MUST do it, try to wait until after 7pm.
Now for the monthly wrap-up from our friends the NWS:
...NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND MUCH BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION
CHARACTERIZED SAINT JOSEPH WEATHER IN JUNE...
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT THE KANSAS CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WAS
76.1 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 2.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE AVERAGE HIGH
TEMPERATURE WAS 87.7 DEGREES OR 3.8 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 64.4 DEGREES OR 1.2 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 95 DEGREES ON THE
16TH...29TH...AND THE 30TH. TEMPERATURES EXCEEDED 90 DEGREES ON 12
OF 30 DAYS...OR 40 PERCENT OF MONTH. THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE WAS 57
DEGREES ON THE 13TH.
PRECIPITATION CAME IN AT 1.27 INCHES FOR THE MONTH...OR 3.17 INCHES
BELOW NORMAL. THIS WAS THE 4TH DRIEST JUNE SINCE RECORDS BEGAN IN
1889. THE DRIEST JUNE WAS 0.33 OF AN INCH IN 1911. THE SECOND DRIEST
WAS 0.51 OF AN INCH IN 1936...AND THE THIRD DRIEST WAS 1.13 INCHES
AT SAINT JOSEPH...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 74.1 DEGREES...WHICH
WAS 0.4 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THE AVERAGE HIGH WAS 86.7 DEGREES
WHICH WAS 1.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE WAS
61.6 DEGREES WHICH WAS 1.7 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THE HIGHEST
TEMPERATURE WAS 96 DEGREES ON THE 29TH AND 30TH. SAINT JOSEPH
EXPERIENCED 90 DEGREE HEAT ON 10 DAYS IN JUNE...OR 33 PERCENT OF THE
TIME. THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE WAS 52 DEGREES ON THE 13TH. THE LOW
TEMPERATURE OF 54 ON THE 28TH SET A RECORD FOR THE DATE.
PRECIPITATION AT SAINT JOSEPH WAS 1.31 INCHES...OR 2.90 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL. THIS RANKS AS THE 6TH DRIEST JUNE FOR SAINT JOSEPH SINCE
RECORDS BEGAN IN 1898.
Have a good evening!
Posted by at July 1, 2006 5:08 PM
Jamie - If the pattern does not set up til late October/November, the question is what will the transition be? Since I moved here, I really don't recall that Fall has been very wet. And of course, November - February are typically our driest months. Therefore, my prediction - gut feeling - is the drought will worsen, even if we get rain Mon-Tue - it won't be enough to change the dry conditions much, although I'd welcome the neighborhood fireworks be quelched - me and my dogs hate those things.
PS - there was that one 8-9 inch event in August, and of course, a couple or so years ago, we had a wet summer, so perhaps I am overly pessimistic.
Mags has never experienced fireworks before... should we be nervous?
After the chance of rain next week, it looks like it could be dry for awhile. :(
Posted by: StormDog at July 1, 2006 8:24 PM
ended up a decent month in trenton..
Hi: 93 Low: 55 Rain: 3.54" (+0.07) though we are still nearly 2.5" down for the year.
have a great 4th.
Thanks so much for keeping us up-to-date. We appreciate it!!
Happy 4th to you, too!
Posted by: Glen Briggs at July 2, 2006 11:30 AM