The site was down today from 10:30 AM to 8:00 PM due to an upgrade that happened when I was at work. The connection speed was upgraded and the address was changed. Things should be back to normal although a few minor tweaks may still be necessary resulting in short outages.
The station joined CoCoRaHS this month and will contribute moving forward. CoCoRaHS is the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, which is a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow).
The station represents Southwest Berks as station PA-BR-29. We are just 1.2 miles WSW of the Lincoln Park station (PA-BR-2) which is the official Snow station for Berks county. The precipitation recorded at CoCoRaHS is from the plastic gauge instead of our automated rain gauge. This gauge is very accurate and is used by everyone in the network to standardize readings.
Today was a perfect September day and quite a change from the 3.34″ of heavy rain picked up last week. The dew point dropped into the 40’s providing a taste of fall air and there was also the cloudless sky as shown by the solar\UV plot below.
Days are now less than 12.5 hours long and the sun only reaches 53° above the horizon at Solar noon. Fall officially starts next Wednesday however Summer will return the rest of this week as temperatures will reach the mid-80’s.
Despite yesterday being the unofficial end of Summer today’s high reached 95 °F with a heat index of 99 °F. This temperature was the highest this Summer by 3 °F and shattered the daily station record of 90 °F from 2007. We’ve now had four 90-degree days during September while we had only six such days through August. September is now about 6 °F above normal but it is still very early.
Reasons for this late Summer heat is a very strong jet stream and the extremely dry conditions. The dry conditions allow the air to heat up very quickly (think desert). We’ve now gone 18 straight days without any measurable rainfall. The Reading airport also recorded a high of 95 °F just missing the county record of 96 °F from 1939.
The hottest day of the summer was July 19th when the temperature hit 92 °F and with a dew point of 79 °F it felt like 106 °F. The average daytime temperature that day was 85.1 °F while today’s average was 84.4 °F.