13 August 2014
The summer of 2014 has been unusually mild in the Midwest and portions of the East, and brutally hot and dry in the West. The heat and drought in the NW corner of North America has led to raging forest fires that have spread dense smoke over the northeast and across the Atlantic to France, and the drought in California has reached the worst possible level: exceptional drought. Mother Nature is about to change all that, at least for a short while.
The weather pattern is about to make a dramatic change, and while it may not help the drought in California, the west of Canada will see cooler weather, while the East gets a prolonged visit by August heat and humidity. The two graphics below show the temps. compared to normal at the 850 millibar level (this is about
3 1.5 km above sea level).The first graphic shows the well below normal weather over the Eastern Seaboard, and in the NW and Western Canada, the heat is continuing.
Now look at the temperature pattern 11 days from today. Everything is reversed!
There are some hints that this pattern will last about two weeks, and then begin to turn into a less amplified “zonal flow” that’s very typical of September. At this kind of long-range, all we can do is give averages and there is a great deal of uncertainty, but I’m fairly confident that the pattern flip will occur. This pattern is also one that can steer a tropical system into the Gulf or up the East Coast of the U.S. as well.
Oh, and by the way, the peak of the hurricane season starts this weekend.