Saturday, August 29, 2009

Pleasant August

Sorry it's been so long since an update. This time last year we had a couple of tropical storms to talk about. This hurricane season has been mild so far with most of the activity staying off the east coast.

August is rapidly coming to an end and I really can't remember an August that was this pleasant over all. I know we've had cool months due to tropical storms....but I can't remember so many clear days with temps in the 80s and low 90s. I could almost survive this type of summer. In a few days the Weather Service will have stats for the month, which I will pass along.

We did get about a half inch of rain yesterday in two separate storms. That was enough to postpone watering for a few more days. In fact I have only run the sprinkler 3 times since the 4th of July.....yet my water bill hasn't gone down.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Make that 3 Storms...and counting

Whe now have three named storms...and others may be brewing. Here's the link to Accuweather.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Finally....A Tropical Storm

I've been waiting for the first named storm of the season.....and here she is - Ana. She's still a long way off, but most likely will slide up the east side of Florida in about a week. We'll keep watching.
Meanwhile, the rainy weather pattern has been replaced with a relatively mild dry air mass. Highs this week have been in the upper 80s and low 90s with humidity levels at a more comfortable level. Temps are on the rise this weekend, but it maybe a few days before we see a decent chance of rain. This maybe our "dog days" of Summer.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Record Setting July

I'm amazed at how many hummingbirds have been at the feeder lately. All this rain has limited the number of real blossoms.

August began on a rainy note. Early morning and midday thundershowers left us with about a half inch of rain. July turned out to be a real record breaker. A number of communities set all-time records for rainfall in July. Little Rock airport well over 11 inches breaking the old record that has stood since 1891. Records have been kept in Little Rock for 130 years. July also went down as the coolest since 1968. Little Rock had an average temperature of 79 degrees, which was 3.4 degrees below normal.

Another note on rainfall.....7 months into the year we are more than 14 inches above normal for rainfall. Little known fact - Little Rock gets more rain on average that Seattle. We get on average 49 inches a year and Seattle picks up just under 39 inches. The difference is we have rain on average of 104 days a year and Seattle see rain on 158 days. By contrast Dallas gets about 29 inches a year.

No tropiclal weather to talk about so far this season.