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Summer Kicking Back In

 Posted by at 6:13 am on August 31, 2015  Daily Weather Blog, Education  No Responses »
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8-31-2015 6-07-01 AMIt’s been a cool August but if you’re a fan of summer weather, this is a forecast you will like!

Today, the thermometer should reach into the upper eighties.  By doing so, it would be the first above normal high temperature in Springfield since the 17th, a run of almost two weeks.

This pattern is locked in.  The jet stream is favoring high pressure aloft which nearly always puts the folks below in an above average temperature pattern.

The Ozarks will cruise through this week with high temperatures right around ninety-degrees.  There are no significant rain chances in the forecast presently.

 

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Looking NE (Credit: Science@NASA)

With high pressure and dry air in place, skies should be clear to view the Perseid Meteor shower tonight.

It’s the summer meteor shower, considered by many to be the best. The Perseids make an appearance every August and viewing this year will get a boost.

First of all, the weather is cooperating. High pressure is slipping into the Ozarks with a lot less humidity and will basically provide clear skies over the area tonight.

Also aiding viewing this year is a new moon, incapable of dimming the view with its reflected sunlight.  This is a switch from the full moon of last year.

Meteor showers are caused when the earth passes through the orbital path of a comet and pieces of comet stuff enter the atmosphere and burn up.  The comet in this case is Swift-Tuttle, last seen in 1992 and not due back until 2126.

8-11-2015 3-25-17 PMGet to the darkest place possible away from city lights for the best viewing.  The radiant direction is from near the constellation Perseus which rises in the northeastern sky by late evening.