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The Hunt For Warmer Summer Weather

31 Jul 2013, 11:08 am

Maybe you’ve heard of this movie before:

The Hunt For Red October
The Hunt For Red October


Well, with all of the cold weather going on lately, this is what WE’RE embarking on:


So, with that being said, let’s get started.  First, you need to understand what has been happening.

Perhaps you’ve been watching us on WeatherNation quite a bit lately, perhaps you’ve never heard of us until now (visit to watch us live).  Either way, what we’ve been talking about for weeks now has been a stagnant upper level low pressure center over the Hudson Bay region of Canada.

This is the main thing to keep in mind as you read this:  Some spots around the nation HAVE been warmer than average.  In fact, as of yesterday’s highs… Salt Lake City has hit 100 degrees or hotter 17 times, up from the average of about 5 such days.

Florida? Hot & humid.  It’s just the Midwest, the Great Lakes, the Ohio Valley, and the Northeast that have been seeing average or below average temperatures.

Here is the setup:


Low Pressure Over Hudson Bay
Low Pressure Over Hudson Bay


See that big “L” over Canada?  That is our culprit.  Now as you look ahead in the forecast models a few things pop out:

1) That low has been ridiculously stagnant, but will finally start to be pushed away

2) In its place will be MORE cool weather… but likely with an end point, rather than perpetual cooling

Let’s explore the “good” part of that news item in more detail:


High Pressure August 9th
High Pressure August 9th


A relatively high region of pressure builds into the Midwest by the 9th of August – unfortunately that happens on the back-end of very cool air that moves across (although that cold air is part of a system strong enough to nudge away the Hudson Bay low… starting to see the pattern here yet?) the region.

The first “big” warm-up for the midwest?  That comes at day 15 in the forecast:


850mb Temperatures (roughly 1 mile high) 15 Days Out
850mb Temperatures (roughly 1 mile high) 15 Days Out

That is a LONG time from now – but at least we “found” the warming!  The hunt is complete.

Stay tuned for more!

WeatherNation Meteorologist Aaron Shaffer @ashafferWNTV

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