Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Latest NWS forecast reads like this:
Detailed forecast for
Late This Afternoon
Breezy. Partly cloudy. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms early in the evening. Some thunderstorms may be severe with damaging winds and large hail early in the afternoon. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation 20 percent.
It is confusing, at the least.
Although we did see some showers yesterday, rain totals were small. Today’s missed opportunity was our last chance for awhile, and that’s bad news.
A strong upper air ridge will be building over the mid U.S. and will provide a long stretch of dry weather. Temperatures are expected to remain near-to-below normal, so it won’t be heat wave conditions, but the ground will be drained of moisture quickly. Early in the growing season is a bad time to have a dry spell because dry areas tend to feed on lack of moisture and grow. Normally, summers tend to get drier as we get into July and August. That usually bodes poorly for the growing season. If these trends continue, we could be in for a hot, dry late summer.
1). Coronavirus cases in the U.S. are growing again as we reopen. However, deaths from the virus are continuing to fall – about 1000 per day lately. Seems like the older generation (people like me) is sticking by the masks and quarantining while the younger ones are less severely ill from the virus.
2). Cudos to our Prevaricator In Chief. Must give credit where its due. When he ran for President, Mr. Trump (PIC) ran on two big issues. 1). Build a wall. 2). Make America Great Again. Well, he has succeeded at both. First, he imagined a great wall to keep the “good guys” (us) in while keeping the bad guys (Latin Americans) out. He got his wall, but it didn’t quite work out as he imagined. Instead, the much smaller wall around the White House is designed to keep the good guys (concerned Americans) out while keeping the bad guy in – hiding in his bunker. Yes, PIC the world is laughing – not at us, but at you.
Then there’s MAGA. Frankly, I never quite understood this slogan. At least for the past 200 years when compared to the rest of the world, America has always been great. We’ve had our problems, but we’ve been slowly improving over time. But, when faced with a crisis, our PIC has really come through. Yes, we’re NUMBER 1 – in a big way! By huge margins, we lead the world in coronavirus cases and fatalities! Yes, we are NUMBER 1.