JAMESTOWN – After a hot and sticky start to the week, we have cooled it off and we will end this week below average.
A front to our south is keeping temperatures well below average, as well as bringing us some needed rain. As I’ve been mentioning, some areas of Western New York do need some rain to make up a rain deficit.
The NOAA Climate Prediction Center released the updated Drought Monitor yesterday, which now has a portion of the region under a D0 “Abnormally Dry” drought condition. Keep in mind that a D0 drought is the lowest end drought condition, and simply means that the ground is unusually dry for that time of the year.
While a D0 drought is not, in most cases, a very big deal, it is the beginning stages of a drought none the less, and it’s nothing to sneeze at. While timing of the rain is going to impact weekend activities, it will help those areas who need rain.
Looking into next week, the Jet Stream begins to pull back north, allowing for warmer air to filter back into Western New York. By mid next week, we should be in the 80s with moderate humidity, and a few showers and thundershowers.