A-okay for late May
Hello, friends! Hope you are managing to stay cool ♨️
On Saturday, the long-term climate station at Poughkeepsie recorded a high temperature of 92 degrees, making it the first time the 90 degree threshold was reached or exceeded in 2022.
The first 90 degree temperature typically occurs on June 1st, but there has been a lot of variability over the years. It’s happened as late as July 27th in 1933 to as early as April 7th in 2010. 1998 and 1950 had the fewest 90+ degree days — one each.
This year it happened on May 21st, the earliest date in 5 years. Over the last nine decades, the trend has been toward a slightly earlier occurrence, as shown below.
It will be a close call as to whether or not we touch 90 degrees again today (Sunday). A front will approach the region during the evening, bringing a chance for a shower or thunderstorm.
Following the front’s passage, conditions will turn much less humid ☺️ — the animation below shows how the humid air (🟠) will be pushed away on Sunday night by the arrival of northerly winds from Canada.
That 70s show: a seven-day period with high temperatures exclusively in the 70s in May seems … odd. But we might just get it this week.
It’s one of those weeks that can be described as meteorological cruise control — little precipitation, relatively consistent temperatures, and a pretty low chance for severe weather.
The main feature to watch will be a front, probably passing on Thursday night. It could bring a heavier shower or thunderstorm, but it looks to pass quickly.
Before and after it, temperatures will be comfortably cool. Early in the week, sunshine will be filtered by high clouds. Sunshine will likely turn more abundant from Friday through next weekend ☀️
The week of the 30th looks warm and settled to start. More meteorological cruise control 😁
Fall down under 🍂
We finally had some seasonably cooler weather this weekend in Auckland. That meant mid 60s for highs and mid 50s for lows.
Autumn color can be tough to find in the city, but it certainly stands out amid most other foliage that remains green year round.
The South Island has some amazing color this time of the year, similar to that of the Northeast in October, but this is about as good as we can do in the City of Sails.
Hope your week has plenty of color ✌️