What I’m about to tell you is interesting, but it’ll likely come as no surprise after the unseasonably warm winter and spring and hot summer that we experienced in late 2011 and, so far, in 2012.
The U.S. National Climate Data Center (NCDC) reports that the first eight months of 2012 have been the warmest of on record in the lower 48 states. Additionally, this has been the warmest year on record if you go back to September 2011 through August 2012 and we’re talking records dating back to 1895!
While this isn’t the case in the Quad Cities (we saw below average temperatures in September 2011 and August 2012), Jake Crouch, a climate scientist at the NCDC reports that, as a nation, we’ve had above average temperatures for each of the past 15 months, which has never happened in the 117 years of record keeping in the U.S.
In 2012, the Quad Cities have hit the 90° mark or higher a total of 45 times, which ranks in seventh place since record keeping started here in the 1870s!
This map shows how much of the country saw a hotter than normal summer (in red). The months of June, July, and August were the third warmest on record in the lower 48 states.
One more warm day is expected today with highs in the 80s, but a strong cold front will bring rain Thursday and Thursday night and then much cooler weather.
Highs Thursday will only be around 70° in the Quad Cities and 70s are expected throughout the weekend with lows in the 40s and 50s.
My “mom”, Betty, is coming Thursday to spend several days with us. Betty was last here in June when we visited the cabin in Dubuque.
We’re looking forward to a very relaxing weekend with no big plans other than brunch and I know she’ll want to go to the casino, too. Maybe I can talk her into pigging out at Osaka Buffet, too! You only live once and I can eat healthy next week.
I’m ready for the cooler weather. After the rainy Thursday, I’ve decided to make a crock pot of soup Friday. Doesn’t that sound good with a nice toasted, gooey grilled cheese sandwich?
And, after looking at my long-term forecast, I need to find a new, interesting chili recipe and make a pot of that. If the long-term computer models are correct, high temperatures by next weekend (September 22-23) may only top out around 60° in the Quad Cities.
It appears that NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center agrees with me. Here is its forecast for September 19-25, 2012.
Okay, while I avoided politics and religion, this weather talk sounds too much like work. At noon Wednesday, I’m done with work until I return Monday afternoon.
So, have a great day and enjoy life.