Good morning! The number one question I've been asked is when will the heat wave be over. I don't see any changes in the air mass through Wednesday, then a little weakening of the high pressure on Thursday and Friday with an increasing chance of thunderstorms. A couple of high based thunderstorms will once again develop today, but decrease tomorrow and Tuesday before increasing at the end of the week. What I don't like when I look at the models is that the high pressure strengthens again between the 7th and 13th, so another upswing in the temperatures will once again be seen across the area. Hopefully, this heat will draw more moisture northward into the area and not just enough for high based storms. The high based storms bring lightning and gusty winds, and not much rain! We need a deeper surge of moisture to actually produce some rain! The fire danger is through the roof with this intense heat and low humidities! Be safe and be cool!
Good morning! I moved to Utah in 1980 to get my degree in meteorology from the University of Utah, and in all of that time, it was never as hot as it was yesterday in the month of June. The temperature hit 105 at the Salt Lake airport and this broke the record for the date of 102, set in 1961 and the record for the month was 104. Around Park City, I saw a 95, but I'm guess some of the car thermometers (including mine) showed 100! We have dropped to between 50 and 55 overnight, but we'll be very similar this afternoon to yesterday. In fact, tomorrow will be every bit as hot! The latest models continue the heat through Tuesday, but we should see a little cooling during the second half of next week. Like yesterday, there were a couple of high based thunderstorms that developed with the intense heat, and this will be repeated over the next week and we'll likely see a little increase through the period. So, have a great day and try to stay cool!
Good morning! I don't have to tell you it was hot yesterday, but here's a little additional information. The Salt Lake airport reached 101, and the record for yesterday was 102 set back in 1958. Most of the stations from the base of Park City Mountain Resort to the Snyderville Basin were between 90 and 95 degrees. The weather balloon data this morning shows a warmer air mass aloft, so we should be a couple of degrees of warming. The Salt Lake airport should be 103 maybe 104 today (record is 102 set in 1961) and we should be 93 to 97 degrees from Park City to the Snyderville Basin. The air mass should be equally as hot tomorrow, then a very slow cooling of the air mass Sunday through Tuesday. I did see a couple of high based thunderstorms over toward the Uinta Mountains, but we should be dry through the weekend with just an isolated thunderstorm a
Good morning! The air mass is quite a bit warmer this morning aloft than yesterday, and will lead us into the heat we've been talking about for a while. Each day the weather service office in Salt Lake sends up a weather balloon and we can plot the temperature and moisture profile in the atmosphere. The 700 mb temperatures are equivalent to the free air temperatures at approximately 9500 feet, and when we reach +15'C that supports 100 degrees at the airport and we'd be 87- 90 degrees here in Park City. The Park City Golf course hit 87 yesterday, so we should be close to 90 this afternoon. The air mass will get even hotter tomorrow through Sunday, so definitely a hot period for us. Now, the center of the high pressure will shift a little further to the west (at least the models suggest that) next week and this would bring a little cooler air mass and we might get a little break from the heat by Wednesday and Thursday. Moisture moving into the area will support some high based thunderstorms early next week, but any significant increase is not expected until after the 4th. So, stay cool and bring
Good morning! A beautiful morning in the mountains, and you can tell the air mass has already started the warming process, with the lowest readings across the area in the 45 to 50 degree range. Low pressure is sitting off the Pacific Northwest Coast with high pressure strengthening over the area through the weekend and early next week. When I look at the temperature profile aloft over the area, the temperatures will be about as warm as they get during a typical hot spell. Readings this weekend in Salt Lake will be near 104 and that will put our readings into the mid 90s. We'll be 83 to 85 degrees this afternoon, then near 90 tomorrow and mid 90s this weekend. As the heat builds into the area this weekend and early next week, we should see a couple of high based thunderstorms develop. Eventually, we could see a deeper layer of moisture and a better chance of rain with the thunderstorms, but that's probably after the 4th of July. Have a great day and stay cool!
Good morning! A weak cold front moved across the area overnight, and the air mass is a tad cooler, but we should still end up between 75 and 80 degrees. We could even see a brief shower, but all in all, the air mass will be drying out and the heat gets turned up tomorrow through next week. The Salt Lake Valley will be around the century mark while Park City and the Snyderville Basin in the upper 80s to low 90s. As we heat up, there could be some clouds building in the afternoon, but a better chance around the 4th of July and beyond. All in all,
Good afternoon, Well, I've done this blog twice and saved it, but for some reason I don't see it posted. It could be operator error!! I don't have to tell you that it's windy and there are a couple of showers around. The cold front will move across the area early today, but the air mass will only cool off a little. By Wednesday, the high pressure will be shifting westward and the heat is turned up on the air mass through a prolonged period. Like the Salt Lake Valley should be around 100 or a little hotter from Thursday through around the 7th of July! It's a hot an mainly dry air mass, but we should see some moisture after the 5th or 6th for a chance of a couple of afternoon and evening thunderstorms.
Good morning! There's one more weather system expected to move across us by early Tuesday, then high pressure and a much warmer air mass will move into the area. In fact, by Thursday we should see high temperatures between 85 and 90 from Park City down into the Synderville Basin. The high pressure will be with us through at least the 4th of July, so an extended period of really warm temperatures. Usually with a warm spell like this we'll see some moisture drawn northward with an increase in the afternoon and evening thunderstorms. I hesitate a little on beating that drum too loudly though, as the driest period of the year is the first part of July. In the short term, we'll see an increase in winds tonight and tomorrow and even a slight chance of a shower or thunderstorm. It'll be cooler on Tuesday, then we'll start getting warmer on Wednesday.
Good morning! Enjoy one of the last cooler days for a while!!! One more cold front will move into the area on Tuesday, so more wind likely Monday and into Tuesday, and we could see a couple of showers or thunderstorms in the area. High pressure will be shifting westward into the region this next week with our temperatures warming significantly by Thursday and Friday with our max temperatures around 90 degrees and that's pretty toasty for elevations between 6500 and 7000 feet! So,
Good morning! The first full day of summer!!! In the upper part of the atmosphere, there's an area of low pressure and the air mass is on the cool side, but this will equate to some awesome temperatures! The next piece of energy moving into the West, will push into northern California on Sunday and into the Great Basin on Monday, so an increase in south winds and a brief warm up. The cold front moves across us on Tuesday and the models actually have a little moisture and we'll see a chance of a couple of showers or thunderstorms. There is a shift in the pattern coming, and I'm going to spend a little time talking about it. The high pressure will be shifting eastward, and from next Thursday on through the 4th or 5th of July, there's a period of some hot temperatures with the Salt Lake Valley likely in the 100 to 103 degree range, and that means we'll see our max temperatures climb to between 90 and 95 degrees. This type of heat will usually draw some moisture northward from Arizona and Mexico, so possibly an early start to the monsoonal flow I talked about yesterday! Have a good one and enjoy the