Record Heat Scorched Europe in July

In the Northern Hemisphere, July is, on average, the hottest month of the year. In much of Europe, not only was July the hottest month of the year, it was the hottest month those locations had ever seen.

Source: The Washington Post

Source: The Washington Post

The highlight of the month was a late-month heatwave that set temperature records in numerous countries. On July 25, the Kleine Borgel air base in Belgium recorded a temperature of 105 degrees Fahrenheit, the hottest temperature ever seen in Belgium. In France, it was even hotter, as the temperature in Bordeaux reached 106 degrees, which broke the all-time record for the town. The United Kingdom also got in on the heat wave, as the mercury rose to 101.66 degrees, which was a new record for the entire country.

Rare Tornadoes Touch down on Cape Cod, MA

When one thinks of tornadoes, states like Kansas and Oklahoma come to mind. But on Tuesday, 2 tornadoes touched down on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, actually from the same thunderstorm cell. The two tornadoes, both of EF1 intensity struck the towns of Barnstable/Yarmouth, first one around midday, and then Harwich minutes later, with winds of up to 110 mph. The storm originated as a waterspout south of Hyannis then continued north and onshore. A weather station actually reported a wind gust of 91 mph with this storm. The tornadoes caused significant damage, including a roof getting ripped off of the Cape Sands Inn in Yarmouth, damage to the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, over 100 large trees uprooted and snapped and shingles were ripped off homes. Amazingly, there were no injuries reported from these storms. At it’s peak, over 55,000 customers were without electricity on Cape Cod as well as Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

Tuesday’s tornado was the second in just under a year to strike Cape Cod. An EF0 tornado touched down in the town of Woods Hole on October 29, 2018. Prior to that, the only reported tornadoes to touch down on Cape Cod were on August 22, 1977 (F1) in West Yarmouth, on August 9, 1968 (F1) in Marstons Mills and on December 18, 1951 (F2) in Katama Airpark.

Source: WBUR

Source: WBUR

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Fortunately for the region, no more severe weather is expected for the foreseeable future.

Record Heat Baking Alaska

When one thinks of Alaska, one thinks of bone-chilling winters, permafrost, and glaciers. But in recent days, record summer heat has been baking much of the state. During the 12-day period of June 27th to July 8th, Anchorage, AK recorded an average temperature of 80.8F, which beat the previous warmest such period by over 5F. This included a rare 90F high temperature in Anchorage last Thursday. Meanwhile, the town of Talkeetna reached a blistering 93F on Sunday.

Source: The Washington Post

Source: The Washington Post

Although the heat over the state of Alaska is expected to ease in the coming days and weeks, temperatures are expected to remain above normal for the foreseeable future.

Summer Snow Blankets Parts of Rocky Mountains

The calendar may read summer, but Old Man Winter is still hanging on in parts of the Rocky Mountains. Snow fell in many areas over the weekend, even along Interstate 80 near Laramie, Wyoming. Up to 1.5 inches of snow was reported near the town of Buford, WY, located in Laramie County, by Sunday morning. In the highest elevations, snow caused numerous road closures, including through Montana’s Glacier National Park, Beartooth Highway through Red Lodge, Montana, and Trail Ridge Road through Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park.

Source: Oil City News

Source: Oil City News

Going forward, no more snow is in the forecast, and in fact, temperatures are expected to rise above average over the next several days.