Sunday, June 03, 2001

Warm weather hung up out West




The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Where are the season's traditional sunny skies and warm temperatures? And, when are they coming home to the Tristate from Colorado?

        As farmers hold off planting some crops because fields are too wet, marchers for justice hoist umbrellas, artisans duck the drops and torrents at Summerfair, and Knothole teams wonder when they will ever get to play again, Greater Cincinnati's early summer is somewhere west of the Rockies, meteorologists say.

        “The main reason behind the cool weather is the weather pattern itself, which has been stuck in place for a good month already,” said meteorologist Scott Homan of AccuWeather in State College, Pa.

        “What we're looking at in the western United States is a ridge of high pressure that is producing a lot of nice warm weather, and the jet stream is bringing the colder weather into the East.”

        And cool it was in Cincinnati on Saturday, with a high of 71 degrees, far below the average June 2 high of 85 degrees. The low was 47 degrees, 10 degrees below the average June 2 low of 57.

        The area received .28 of an inch of rain, which came in the form of quick but heavy morning showers, which then cleared.

        But, Mr. Homan said, don't look for things to change anytime soon.

        “For the next 10 days we are looking at cooler-than-normal weather. Then we should become more normal to slightly above normal after that,” he said, saying the change would come when the weather pattern shifted.

        “We've been noticing that it's been happening every 40 days or so,” he said.

        Mr. Homan predicts “wet weather continuing at least as we head into Tuesday and Wednesday.”

        Though the weather seems rainier than usual, the region's rainfall is still 6.24 inches below normal. The area has received 11.44 inches on the year. The normal is 17.68.

       



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