Wednesday, September 15, 2010

La Nina, a cool ocean current off the west coast of South America, continues to strengthen. This could have a major impact on our winter weather. La Nina years in the past have typically brought mild and dry conditions during the winter. Don't be deceived - some of the coldest Arctic outbreaks have also occurred during La Nina years. It's definitely something to watch over the next few weeks!

Drought Update

Not only did we experience the hottest summer on record, but we haven't seen any substantial rain in over three months. Most of central Virginia is now in moderate drought. We desperately need a large storm system to bring us a good soaking!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

It's Official

This ended up being the hottest summer on record. It was also the third driest on record. Here are a few other stats provided by the National Weather Service. We had:

1) 10 days with highs of 100 or higher
2) 37 days with highs of 95 or higher
3) 69 days with highs of 90 or higher