The summer is almost here and I have no change in my thinking about how different this summer will be compared to last year. Our global weather pattern is current changing from La Nina, which we've seen for the past two years, to an El Nino.
The El Nino is typically associated with enhanced rainfall across the Southeast. We've certainly seen a lot of that lately. We most certainly will see some periods of dry weather during the summer but everything I'm seeing suggests a wetter summer this year. Last summer it was extremely hot and dry before Irene made her visit in August. That one storm made up for three months without much rain.
The increased amount of shower activity also means that soils will be wetter this year. Wetter soils help cool the soil and make it more difficult for temperatures to reach extremely hot levels. Also, the increased cloud cover associated with the showers should keep afternoon temperatures down just a bit.
The bottom line is that it will be hot across our area but not as hot as last year. Most summer days have moderate to high relative humidity with highs close to 90°. The showers should be great news for the farmers, gardeners and folks wanting to have greener lawns. It should be a better growing season for all of us.