I once heard a fellow meteorologist say this when referring to forecasting rain: "When in Drought, Leave It Out." That means that if you are in a drought, leave the rain chances out of the forecast.
It seems that dry, hot weather helps promote MORE dry and hot weather. In other words, we need a good drought-busting rainfall! I have rain chance in the forecast later this week, but with each nugget of data that comes in... I feel less optimistic! Argh! I'm not even completely sold on the high temperatures going below 90°.
The above image is the US Drought Index. As you can see, we are in a bad drought situation. While it is bad here, it is even worse in Tennessee. I was there visiting family this weekend and the beans, cotton, and corn look horrible! MUCH worse than here! So, it could be much worse!!!
Anywho, here are a few more facts that I will be sharing on-air tomorrow about this August so far:
-Average High this month: 98.4°
-Seven 100°+ degree days (Average 1.5)
-Saturday Was the first day below 95° this month (91°)
-Tomorrow SHOULD be the first morning in the 60s since July 26th (31 days)
-No 1.00” rainfall in Jonesboro since July 28 (1.58“) (July 1st prior to that)
-Only a TRACE in August at Jonesboro Airport so far
-26 straight days above average (Average high is 89° today)
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