It’s been a pretty decent day out there, with temperatures reaching highs in the 80s most spots. Perhaps a bit cooler than I expected in the morning forecast, thanks in part to a bit extra cloudiness and a slower shift in winds to the west. But, that wind shift is here, and humidity levels are already dropping. By tomorrow, that taste of summer will be a memory for a while.
Through Tonight: A line of showers and storms to the north may try to advance on the area this evening, but it’s going to be losing steam while doing so, and likely won’t make it. After sunset and heading into the overnight, the odds of rain drop to about zero. Otherwise, it’s partly to mostly clear. Lows dip as far as the low 50s in the coolest suburbs to around 60 downtown.
Tomorrow (Thursday): Sunny and spectacular. There may be a few clouds around early, though this should end up one of those deep blue sky days in the end. Highs head for the mid-70s most spots! A light north wind only adds to the brilliance of the day.
Where have all the hurricanes gone? After the historic 2005 season and hurricanes like Katrina, some proclaimed that type of season to be the new norm in a warming climate. Almost on cue, a very quiet period, at least as far as U.S. landfalling major hurricanes go, ensued. Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. posted this graphic, showing how the current drought is the longest on record. Anthony Watts followed up with additional info. See also Jason Samenow’s blog post on this from last year.
Pollen update: Susan Kosisky from the US Army Centralized Allergen Extract Lab writes, “Tree count is HIGH at 141.53 grains/cubic meter. Grass count is MODERATE at 10.86 grains/cubic meter, which is HIGH for local area grass counts. Weed count is LOW at 0.64 grains/cubic meter. Mold spore count is HIGH at 13197.37 spores/cubic meter.”