Heat Stays Focused on Central and Southern U.S. Into August
The central U.S. will continue to bake under hotter-than-normal weather into mid-August, while the northern Plains and Northeast may get some relief, said Matt Rogers, President of Commodity Weather Group LLC.
Rogers has been tracking the potential cooling that would spread from Minnesota into New York and New England from Aug. 8 to Aug. 12 for several days. Today he said the computer forecast models may be “overdoing this heat retreat to some extent.”
As a result, he said he expects the heat that has been setting record in the center of the U.S. to continue through the 6- to 10-day and 11- to 15-day forecast periods covering Aug. 3 to Aug. 12.
Natural gas traders monitor weather forecasts to determine if temperatures may boost heating or cooling needs. Excessive heat warning and watches cover parts of Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, according to the National Weather Service. In addition, heat advisories stretch from Texas to southern New Jersey, according to the weather service.
The temperature in Fort Smith, Arkansas, reached 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 Celsius) yesterday. It was the 24th day in a row temperatures reached higher than 100, extending a record. The old record of 17 days was set in 1934, according to the weather service office in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Since June 24, the high temperature in Fort Smith has been below 100 only three times.
At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport the temperature has reached at least 100 for the last 27 days, according to the weather service. In San Angelo, Texas, the thermometer has reached 100 degree 63 times this year, which is a new record. In Abilene, Texas, that has happened 49 times, also a record. The old records were set in 1969 and 1934, respectively, according to the weather service.
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