A Comfortable Week - Pondering What Can Go Wrong on the 4th of July
"Life is a long preparation for something that never happens" said Yeats. After a time one learns to embrace dashed expectations.
Every year I imagine the 4th of July in Norman Rockwell pastels: kids waving flags, laughter on the lake, a quick family photo in front of the setting sun before the oohs and aahs of fireworks. The reality many years? Running and screaming; chased by vile bugs - or swarms of atmospheric mushroom clouds; lines of flickering storms piled up on the horizon - like some imminent invasion of alien fireflies.
Enjoy comfortable air this week as Canada donates low dew points & fresh breezes with a string of days in the 70s and nights in the 50s. A reinforcing cool front may spark showers Thursday, otherwise its a mainly dry forecast into the 4th of July.
The most comfortable weather of the holiday weekend comes Friday & Saturday (you may need a sweatshirt after dark up north). 80s return Sunday and the 4th of July; ECMWF guidance hinting that storms may hold off until next Tuesday as 90s return.
In fact long-range models hint a streak of 90s by mid-July.
Photo credit: "West Virginia State Trooper C.S. Hartman uses a boat to navigate the flooded streets of Rainelle, W. Va., on Saturday, June 25, 2016." CBS News.
Photo credit: "Naval Station Norfolk may experience as much as six feet of relative sea-level rise by the end of the century. Defense officials are beginning to work with nearby city governments to ensure vital infrastructure is protected." Credit: Navy handout obtained by Reuters in 2013.
TUESDAY: Hints of September. Bright sunshine, less wind. Winds: NW 3-8. High: 76
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny and milder. Winds: S 7-12. Wake-up: 61. High: 80
THURSDAY: Showers likely, possible thunder. Winds: N 8-13. Wake-up: 64. High: 78
FRIDAY: Sunny, comfortably cool. Winds: E 5-10. Wake-up: 57. High: 75
SATURDAY: Blue sky, low dew points (50s). Winds: SE 7-12. Wake-up: 56. High: 79
SUNDAY: Sunny, warmer for lake stuff. Winds: SE 10-20. Wake-up: 58. High: 82