Unseasonably warm and dry conditions will prevail for much of this week with the best chance of precipitation coming on Friday night and Saturday. Climatologist Kenny Blumenfeld says precipitation has lagged statewide so far this month.
“It’s not an urgent drought yet,” says Blumenfeld on this week's episode of the Way Over Our Heads podcast, “and the reason is because there’s not as much sunlight, it’s not as hot, we’re not evaporating the water that’s in the system and we’re not losing it through evaporation and evapotranspiration nearly as quickly. And so, you can withstand a September dry spell a little longer than in July before you get into urgent drought conditions.”
Despite the pleasant temperatures this week, Tuesday is the Autumnal Equinox and seasonal change is underway, says Blumenfeld.
“The sunlight gets weaker. The days get shorter. Those forces conspire to (eventually) bring us winter.”
Meanwhile, things are expected to cool down early next week before we stare down the potential for another surge of warm air.
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