|FOX8 Front yard on July 13th -- Lush Green Grass!|
I talked about this earlier in the spring and summer: WET GROUND SUPPRESSES HIGH TEMPERATURES! Large scale factors like the heat dome overhead can override this effect somewhat depending on how large in extent the wet ground goes.
Here is a map of the rainfall numbers compared to normal for the first 14 days of July.
Here is the location of this VERY STRONG AND DEEP heat dome. The center is right over Ohio. The 600dm (decameters--height of the high pressure dome) is a rarity over Ohio. In fact, last summer, I don't recall the heat domes over ANY part of the US pushing above 600.
Historically, 42% of our 90 degree days occur in July.
We had many more days above 95 in the 1940s and 1950s than we've had since.
So will the wet ground override the effects of the strong OHIO CENTERED heat dome over the next few days keeping temperatures in the 90 to 93 degree range versus what happened last year at this time?
I say YES. Check back on Friday as the heat retreats west.