Good Monday evening!  I hope you had a fantastic weekend and stayed cool.  At least temperatures were a little cooler last Friday and Saturday.  However, the heat has kicked right back in!  It isn’t going anywhere for the next several days.  This is what we are going to see so much of the rest of the summer.  These big ridges with extended heat spells.  We usually have 1 of 3 summers around here.  Either a mild summer, hot with high humidity, or hot with little humidity.  This summer is a hot and humid summer.  It is very hard to climb above 100 when we have humid summers.  On hot and less humid summers, we see out temps climb above 100.  With the less humidity, it actually seems to feel a little better.  Lets see what is going on this week.

The Jet stream is well north and we have this huge area of high pressure over us.  This is what is giving us the heat this week.  Now underneath the ridge we have that tiny little wave in northern KS.  With it, there are a few little showers and thunderstorms north of us.  If we go back one cycle to 57 days ago, we had the same set-up.  The difference was the Jet Stream was stronger in May.

You can see how the Jet was still way north, but the low across the central plains was much stronger.  Due to the summer months, we are going to have to deal with the heat and humidity.

Doug

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LONG RANGE FORECAST BASED OFF THE HEADY PATTERN. THIS COVERS NEBRASKA, IOWA, KANSAS, MISSOURI, OKLAHOMA AND ARKANSAS.

Next Week:  A hot start to the week with cooler temperatures finally working in by mid week.  With it, we will have scattered showers and thunderstorms on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

July 30th-August 5th:  A hot week with high near 100 if not into the 100s.  Very slight chances for thunderstorms on Monday and Tuesday.

August 6th-12th:  Another hot week with highs in the 90s to near 100.  A few pop-up storms on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

August 13th-19th:  Mainly a hot week with highs into the 90s.  Thunderstorm chances on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

August 20th-26th:  A hot first half of the week but a warm second half.  Thunderstorms or pop-up storms Monday through Thursday.

August 27th-September 2nd:  A warm start to the week with a hot finish with high near 100 degrees.  Mainly dry through the week.

 I will extend the long range forecast through the entire summer here in the next day or two.

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