Chipperdog.comJune 29th, 2016

Saturday Heat, Wind, and Summer Outlook

June 12th, 2016 (Sunday)

Saturday was the first 90 degree day at the station and therefore the hottest day of the year. The temperature peaked at 92 °F with a heat index of 97 °F and real feels in the sun over 110 °F. The Reading Airport also reached 92 °F, but this was nowhere near the record of 98 °F from 1911.

A dry frontal boundary passed the area on Sunday increasing the winds that started Saturday afternoon. Sustained winds in June are usually short-lived however Sunday’s average winds crushed the old station record. The average wind speed for Sunday was 9.5 mph which is over 2 mph higher than the old record of 7.3 mph from June 22nd, 2007.

The Summer outlook for PA is for temperatures to be above normal and for precipitation to be near normal.

NOAA Summer 2016 Temperature Probability

NOAA Summer 2016 Temperature Probability

NOAA Summer 2016 Precipitation Probability

NOAA Summer 2016 Precipitation Probability

May 2016 Weather Summary

June 1st, 2016 (Wednesday)

The weather for Berks in May was quite unsettled for most of the month. The first three weeks were cloudy, cool, and wet with measurable precipitation on 13 of the days. The last 10 days of the month saw a return of the sun with temperatures averaging closer to normal and finally a near heat wave from the 26th to the 29th. We also saw remnants of tropical storm Bonnie leave behind 1.30″ of rain on the 29th into the 30th. Overall the month ended below normal in temperature and well above normal in rainfall.

The average temperature was 60.6 °F, which is 2.3 °F below normal. There were 13 days at least 5 °F below normal and 4 days at least 5 °F above normal. The maximum temperature of 89 °F occurred on the 27th/28th and the minimum of 39 °F occurred on the 16th. The coolest May at the station was 58 °F from 2005 and the warmest 67 °F from 2004. The station record low for May is 35 °F from 2005 and the record maximum is 92 °F from 2006 and 2011. We had no 90 degree days however the airport recorded two.
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May Site Updates

May 17th, 2016 (Tuesday)

This spring the station and website have been upgraded to provide more accuracy and better reporting of conditions. There will be more changes coming as time allows.

The rain collector was replaced with a new Davis version that even includes bird spikes to prevent clogs. The collector has been calibrated with a Novalynx rain gauge calibrator. The Novalynx calibration has the gauge very close to our CoCoRaHS gauge. We will continue to tweak the calibration to match the Davis automated collector to the non-tipping Stratus gauge.
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April Snow Storm Sets Station Record

April 9th, 2016 (Saturday)

It may be April and the grass has already been cut but today’s clipper system brought snow to Berks. Due to the increased sun angle the snow is sticking to only grassy surfaces. The storm total was 1.9″ which broke the station all-time April monthly record of 1.0″ from 2011.
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