Sunday, March 8th marked the first day of daylight savings time for 2020. The day was pretty much a perfect March day with temperatures near 60 °F and wall to wall sunshine. The graph below shows our solar energy is now well over 600 w/m2 and UV is now briefly touching 4.0.
March is currently 6 °F above normal with another warm week on tap. The daylight duration is now 11:41 with sunset after 7 PM for the first time.
The Autumnal Equinox occurred early Monday morning on September 23rd. Reading’s 40.3° latitude still results in 12 hours and 8 minutes of daylight so not quite the equal 12 hours day and 12 hours night typically quoted. NOAA does state the first day of Fall actually varies from September 21st through September 24th depending on the location.
Considering our recent weather pattern you wouldn’t know it was Fall. Our temperatures have been mid 80’s to yesterday’s station breaking record of 90 °F. September, to date, has produced just 6 days of measurable rainfall and the station is more than 1.5″ below normal for the month. The next 10 days are expected to be generally sunny with temperatures above average and no rain.
The picture below is a NOAA full disk view of the Earth from 8:00 AM on September 23rd, 2019. See the NOAA website for more about the equinox.
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A typical sultry 92°F August day with a peak heat index of 107°F led to another round of strong T-Storms for Berks. The storms were accompanied by pea-sized hail and gusts to near 40 mph. The storm total of 1.38″ occurred in 65 minutes with peak rainfall rates of 5.4″ per hour. The station yearly rain total is now 46.02″ which is more than 13″ above normal.
Following the storms a double rainbow broke out and was captured by the weather camera. One rainbow was very well defined and the other was faint but still visible.
The first taste of Arctic air combined with wind hit the area Wednesday. The station recorded our 2nd ice day of the month however unlike Saturday the wind was relentless today. The windchill was 3 °F early this morning and in the teens most of the day. Read the rest of this entry »