Driving around Midtown Columbus this morning after my early News3 gig, I had a fleeting notion that I had gotten caught in a time warp. What the heck season is this, anyway? It was cloudy, raining, and about 73º. Maybe it was really October and I had pulled a Rip Van Winkle? Or did we go back to April?
Nope, it's really July 22, though I had to confirm that fact through multiple sources to be sure. Consider this: Saturday, Sunday, and Monday all broke a record for the lowest maximum temperature in Columbus on their respective dates. I can't ever remember setting such a record on three straight days in all the years I've been here. (For the record: those record low highs were 79º on the 19th, 79 on the 20th, and 80 on the 21st).
We probably won't make it four in a row (today's record is 80º) but we won't beat it by much. Furthermore, it looks like we're about to get back to our regularly scheduled July weather. The upper air cut-off low, which had its origins as a "piece" that broke off from last week's cool outbreak trough, hung around and is keeping us cloudy, cool, and damp. Consensus now is that the low will retreat back into Texas starting tonight, opening the door for more sunshine and a return to near average temperatures over the next few days.
Now we certainly can't complain about the rain; I had mentioned on the air several times how dry it had been over the first half of the month, but also how in July it's possible to catch up in a hurry, especially since we were not really in a drought-inducing pattern. Depending on where you reside, most of the area has caught up. (Thanks largely to the frog-strangler of July 15, chronicled here, my own rain gauge has collected right around 8" for the month so far.)
What remains is a whole lot of humidity, one reason why it looks like we have some chance of rain almost any day in the coming week. But chances appear to be quite slim both Wednesday and Thursday as the upper low makes its exit, a bit better on Friday as another weak front eases down, and then sketchy for the weekend. It should allow us to dry out some, but we'll pay the price with the lingering mugginess.
5-Day NOAA rainfall forecast: not quite as much
If you still long for some real summer heat, don't forget that we still have August to go. July, at least, has not been dull. And I, for one, have not missed the heat! (The sunshine, maybe a little....)
Kurt Schmitz, Senior Meteorologist