The main topics of weather this year have been centered around the heat and dry conditions.....with good reason!
This year is on track to break some heat records. There have been more record highs in the United States this year so far than all of 2011. From January through July in the Northeast, the average of 49.9 degrees F, was the warmest period since 1895, when record-keeping began. Not only was is the warmest period but it was Maryland's fifth driest 7 month average on record.
We still have until the last couple of weeks in September before summer is officially over. Unfortunately, that does not guarantee temperatures will be normal. We still have to wind down this crazy year of 2012! One can only hope that 2013 will be closer to average in temps and precipitation.
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All-time record high temperatures were set at several location in south central Alaska Monday afternoon.
A potent area of low pressure will move along this rim and drop down the front side bringing a round of severe weather to Maryland Wednesday evening/night through Thursday afternoon (timing is still in question).
As the moisture from this tropical low moves north it will interact with a trough out to the west. This will increase Maryland's rain chances late Thursday into early Saturday morning.
Meteorologists with the National Weather Service and researchers from the University of Oklahoma continue to investigate the May 31st El Reno tornado that hit just west of Oklahoma City.
No big shocker here. Oklahoma shares the top of the list of states with the most tornadoes rated either F5 or EF5 since 1950.