Back in the saddle again…that heat tho! But it won’t last, good times are ahead…

Sunday was a taste of our typical summer nonsense with respect to the heat and the rain was kept at bay around the state.

High Temperatures Sunday

Max Heat Index Sunday

Rain rotating around Oklahoma.

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Speaking of rain, we have seen a lot of it recently which really helped out going into a dry summer. As a result, we are near to above rainfall for the year across C OK and well above across E OK. W OK as usual, gets the summer shaft.

Recent summer rainfall totals.

More than 300% our normal rainfall.

Percent normal for the year.

How many inches of rain above or below for the year.

So the good news is that the upper pattern is going to change again. Right now the upper ridge of high pressure is anchored out to our west. That puts the N part of Oklahoma in a weak westerly flow. This allows a few upper disturbances to track across the border to produce some rain. Although I can’t rule out isolated activity during the week with this, overall the best opportunity for scattered showers and storms will be Monday night into Tuesday.

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Current upper level pattern.

Storms develop out W and NW late Monday afternoon.

A few storms will work through the state Monday night.

Temperatures will be toasty for the next few days as the map and long-term shows, but a patter change will shift the H into the N areas of the Rockies and allow us to fall under more of a backdoor easterly and northeasterly flow. This brings some cooler temperatures in and allows us to get relief from the heat. This pattern looks to hold for awhile into September which would prevent extreme heat from returning. It also opens up the door for some isolated afternoon and evening daily thunderstorm activity a week or so away.

Upper pattern changes to bring relief by next Monday.

Representative high temperatures this week.

How they’ll cool in a week from now.

OKC long-term temperatures.

Tulsa long-term temperatures.

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So hang in there a little while longer and things will improve once again. In all honesty, it hasn’t been that bad of a summer really. The tropics may heat up over the coming days, so look for more Hurricane talk in the news that may affect the US as we round out the month of August. As always, thanks again for your support. Also please consider leaving a positive review on the Apple or Google Play store for my free weather app, ATsWeatherToGo. Thank you! -AT

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