Chipperdog.comAugust 30th, 2015

Hottest Day of Year

July 19th, 2015 (Sunday)

Sunday, July 19th was the hottest day of the year so far at CW4113. The temperature peaked at 92.0 °F (4:11 PM) with a maximum heat index of 106 °F at 2:32 PM and a sultry dew point maximum of 79 °F. Today was only the 3rd 90-degree day of the Summer where we typically have about 10 such days this far into the season. July is currently tracking about 2 °F below normal based on average temperature.

The drought watch for Berks was lifted on July 10th with 3 out of the 4 categories at or above normal. The ground water levels at the observation well are still well below normal. The plentiful rain we received in June and early July has recently disappeared. As of today we are 50% low on rainfall for July and 2.5″ below normal for the year.

Summer Weather Pattern Sets Up

June 14th, 2015 (Sunday)

The Summer weather pattern has set up and appears here to stay. The station recorded our first two 90-degree days this week with heat indexes approaching 100. Temperatures started out cool for June but have been above normal recently and are forecast to be at or above normal in the coming week.

In addition to the heat this week two intense thunderstorms hit the area. Friday’s storm resulted in wind damage for many with our wind gust peaking at 48 mph however straight line winds were probably in excess of 60 mph based on the damage seen. Today’s storm had rain rates over 10.0 in\hr but winds generally stayed below 30 mph with 0.52″ total precipitation. The rain total for June is 4.62″ with half the month to go and more rain in the forecast.
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June Storms Roll In

June 8th, 2015 (Monday)

Mondays’ forecast called for heavy rain and even a tornado watch was in effect. The photo below shows some ominous clouds right before the T-Storms rolled in at 6 PM. Despite these clouds we received some heavy rain with rates up to 5.4 in.\hour followed by a period of soaking rain.
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Berks Under Drought Watch

May 17th, 2015 (Sunday)

Berks has been under a drought watch since March which was news to me. As of today we are nearly 4.0″ down for the year on rainfall and despite thunderstorms in the forecast it looks like May will end with a deficit.

Last night’s storms split as they approached resulting in a mere 0.11″ total rainfall. This morning there was a nice band of showers however they stayed south in Lancaster county. We currently have 0.16″ of total rain in May where the normal to date is 2.33″.
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