Very Warm Day……….Warmest Evening In Two Weeks & Warmest Day Tomorrow In Over a MonthAugust 20th, 2013 at 10:30 pm by Chad Evans under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog
Highs today ran 84-90 in the viewing area & are at the warmest levels for 10:45 p.m. seen in two weeks.
Very hot weather to our west & northwest (record high of 91 at Duluth, Minnesota with record heat from Nebraska to Manitoba to northern Ontario) will moderate some, but still send us up to 87-92 tomorrow (warmest day in over a month when highs were 91-96 on July 19).
It would be warmer if not for the considerable cumulus development & isolated to widely-scattered storms tomorrow afternoon-evening. Nonetheless, heat indices will peak anywhere from 93 to 98.
Another interesting note: we have not had over 1″ in a 24-hour period at WLFI since May 27 when 2.13″ was measured. Since then, we have had appreciable rainfall, but it has all been all below 0.90″.
If not for the cooler summer, conditions would be much worse for vegetation. April was very wet, June was normal, rainfall-wise (many areas above-normal though), but May, July & August has all featured below-normal rainfall at WLFI & over parts of the area.
With corn largely pollinated, we are in good shape, but in the coming week to two weeks, as temperatures shoot up into the 90s, we will really begin to see short-dryness issues as the early stages of drought shift east.