Tuesday, May 30, 2006

First 90s

The first 90-degree temperatures of the season occurred over the holiday weekend. The high on Sunday was 91 degrees, and the high on Memorial Day was 93 degrees. Apparently this was the first time since 1998 that the high temperature exceeded 90 degrees on two consecutive days in May. It does seem as if the 90s have been arriving late the last few years. I think the first 90-degree day was in mid-June last year. Not quite as warm today but still pretty humid. The next few days should be much more seasonable.

There were lots of scattered showers and thunderstorms around on Saturday and again late Monday, but for the most part we managed to stay dry here in the valley. Today was a different story. A complex of thunderstorms moved north out of eastern Iowa during the late morning, moving through the valley early in the afternoon. We picked up a quick inch of rain this afternoon, but parts of the region received a lot more. This has been a very convoluted weather pattern, with yesterday's widely scattered storms leaving behind a bunch of boundaries that led to the formation of more storms today. Looks like the rain is done for tonight. There is a slight chance of rain tomorrow, but the next best chance looks to be on Thursday.


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