Thursday, August 17, 2017

Predict Your Eclipse Experience Here

Vox has a cool interactive map that shows you the timing and the extent of the upcoming solar eclipse Monday.

Just type in your zip code and you will see what time the eclipse peaks in your area and to what extent the sun is covered by the moon.

For example, when I entered my St. Albans, Vermont zip code, I learned that at its 2:40 p.m. peak, 59.5 percent of the sun would be covered. I also learned I would have to travel 829 miles to the southwest if I wanted to see the total eclipse.

Click on this link to see it.

At this point, the weather forecast looks good for solar eclipse viewing in Vermont on Monday. The current National Weather Service forecast for Monday predicts mostly sunny skies with highs in the low 80s.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

No Severe Vermont Storms. Cool Videos From Elsewhere, Though

A non-severe storm over Milton, Vermont last evening
I'm not aware of any of Tuesday's thunderstorms becoming severe in Vermont yesterday, so that was kind of a fortunate bust.

There were locally heavy downpours and some wind gusts, but nothing extreme.

That's not to say there wasn't action elsewhere, though. I've got a couple of videos to show you:

This week, Stormlapse recorded a gorgeous, menacing supercell thunderstorm over the Badlands of South Dakota.

Quite an impressive storm, watch:

I'm not sure when the next video was taken, but it's an illustration of what happens when a thunderstorm rolls into Atlanta's Hartsfield airport, the world's busiest.

You see the planes trying to fly around the storms, go in circles, and just kinda hope this thing passes quick. I'm sure there were quite a few flight delays on this day:

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Another Smattering Of Strong Storms In Vermont Today

A storm bubbles up over northwestern Vermont on Saturday.
Today looks similar to Saturday as partly sunny skies
get interrupted by scattered storms, some strong. 
It looks like today in Vermont is going to be a bit like Saturday was:

In other words, we'll be dodging some thunderstorms, and some will be strong.

It's only moderately warm and humid out there today. And there's a weak cold front approaching.

That doesn't sound like the perfect setup for severe storms, and it's not. But the atmosphere has more instability than you'd expect from my description, so some of the storms this afternoon will get strong to marginally severe.

It will totally be hit and miss, like Saturday was. Most of us won't have any big deal weather, while a few pockets will.

The best chances of severe weather, if any develops, would be northeastern New York, all of Vermont, especially north of a Middlebury to Thetford line, and western New Hampshire.

As far as timing goes, it looks like the 2 to 8 p.m. slot looks best for the storms.

So the usual applies: Keep an eye on the sky. Head indoors if things look threatening. And be prepared, in just a few spots, for strong gusty winds, some hail, dangerous lightning and brief, heavy downpours.

You know, the usual summer drill.

Wednesday, we go back to partly sunny skies with temperatures down a bit again.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Watch The Atlantic Ocean For Maybe Lots Of Tropical Storms Soon

Tropical Storm Gert, pictured here Monday morning,
is expected to strengthen far out in the Atlantic
Hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean runs from June 1 through November 30.

Tropical systems can develop at any time during this period, sometimes even before or after this "official" season begins.

However, if you really want to see tropical storms and hurricanes, start now.

The heart of the season, when we get the most storms, and usually the strongest, runs from now until early October.

The bottom line is you'll see lots of news about tropical storms and hurricanes starting now.

As of this morning, Tropical Storm Gert was spinning far to the east of Florida. The bad news is Gert is expected to strengthen into a hurricane.

But the very good news is the storm will stay far off the East Coast, and accelerate toward the northeast, where it will eventually die in the cold North Atlantic waters.

The only effects in the United States from Gert will be the potential for dangerous rip currents at the beaches.

However, there are more areas of disturbed weather far out in the Atlantic or even over Africa that might develop into tropical storms and/or hurricanes. It's possible they could threaten the United States.

These systems haven't even formed yet, so it's impossible to tell now what, if anything they will do.

It's still worth keeping a lookout for this stuff over the next several weeks, though.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Real Oddball Storms Saturday in Vermont, In My Opinion At Least

Thunderstorm near Franklin, Vermont Saturday afternoon.
Spates of strong to severe thunderstorms never go exactly as forecast, and Saturday's scattered activitiy in Vermont was a case in point.

A lot of us thought things would be a bit more organized than they were.

Sure, there would be storms scattered seemingly randomly, but some of us thought a broken, somewhat organized line of thunderstorms would cross through in the late afternoon and evening.

True, the time between 4 and 7 p.m. seemed to be the peak of the scattered rough weather, as expected, but there was a randomness to the storms that was odd

I was also stunned by how fast strong thunderstorms would randomly develop over a spot, then seemingly within minutes, wither away just as fast. That was unusual to see, at least from my perspective. Also fascinating. Glad I had a chance to watch this cloud performance.

The storms would go from a sprinkle, and within 10 minutes be spitting out lightning, dropping torrential downpours and pushing out gusty winds. Then, in some cases, not all - poof! They're gone.

The thunderstorms, especially before 5 p.m. or so, struggled with a layer of air just a few thousand feet up that inhibited storm development, so they were few and far between. Later on in the evening, they became somewhat more numerous, but still hit and miss.

For instance, at my house in St. Albans, Vermont, I didn't get any rain. Just two miles north of my house, however, streets were briefly flooded by a torrential late afternoon downpour.

There were scattered reports of damage from the storms across Vermont, especially after 6 p.m. One storm caused wind damage in Addison County around 6 p.m. Another bad storm very quickly popped up in eastern Chittenden County around 6:20 p.m., knocking down trees and powerlines in towns like Williston and Jericho.

Another severe storm caused damaged in parts of north central and northeastern Vermont after 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

It's all over now. There were a few light showers around northern Vermont this Sunday morning, but they were quickly drying up.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Some Strong Storms Likely In And Around Vermont Today

BOL on the risk of strong storms
this afternoon in Vermont. 
It's looking like it might be a noisy afternoon here in Vermont and surrounding areas this afternoon.

Humid, unstable air, made more unstable by glimpses of sunshine, combined with a weak weather front approaching from the west, will trigger some pretty strong thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.

As usual, who gets what depends upon the luck of the draw. A few places will get a lame shower, maybe a rumble of thunder.

Other spots will get some gusty winds, heavy downpours and lightning, maybe even some small hail.

And a few places- not many, but a few- could get into some severe thunderstorms, with damaging winds and hail big enough to ding your garden at least.

NOAA's Storm Prediction Center  has us in a marginal to slight risk area for severe storms, which means they're thinking there will be a couple bad storms, but they will be relatively few and far between.

The National Weather Service in South Burlington is timing things out such that the storms erupt in the Adirondacks at around 2 p.m and start marching east. They'd be in the Champlain Valley roughly between 4 and 7 p.m., and from the Green Mountains east from 5 to 8 p.m.

By 8 p.m., the storms will be heading into New Hampshire while weakening.

Just how widespread the storms get this afternoon depends on how things play out this morning. Early on, there was an area of showers and embedded storms in northern New York, maybe clipping northwestern Vermont.

If they don't clear out quickly, these early storms may limit how unstable the air gets this afternoon. However, the just-past-dawn storms in New York State seemed to be moving along pretty fast, so they'll probably be out of our hair by late morning.

Which would open the door for this afternoon's storms. We'll see how that plays out.

Sunday, expect a cooler, less humid day, with partly sunny skies and just a slight chance of a shower. Definitely will be the nicer of the two weekend days.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Wildfires In Greenland? Yeah, Weird, But Not As Weird As You'd Think

Believe it or not, there have always beem a few wildfires
in Greenland, but this year's spate of fires up
there appears to be a doozy.
August is one principal month in Earth's Northern Hemisphere when you'd expect wildfires.

The summer sun has been beating down on this half of the world, and some forests in Asia, North America and Europe have burst into flames.  

(The problem is especially bad in British Columbia, Canada this year.)

Wildfires have also broken out this summer in a place you wouldn't expect: Greenland.

Yes, Greenland. 

Greenland is mostly covered by an immense ice cap, so you'd think wildfires wouldn't be a problem up there.

But low lying coastal areas are outside of the ice cap, and summer does hit up there.

True, it's not exactly 90 degree beach weather in coastal Greenland, and there's certainly no tinder dry forests anywhere up there, but the snow and ice does briefly disappear along Greenland's shorelines in the summer.

Wildfires can burn through the grasslands, stunted willows, peat and other low vegetation in Greenland, and that's what's going on now. And they do sometimes occur in "summer" weather in coastal Greenland, when temperatures "soar" into the lower 50s.

Kind of like grassfire season here in Vermont during April.

Past history of wildfires in Greenland is vague, but we know they've always occured there. But some evidence suggests that this summer's wildfires are worse than usual. Perhaps worse than ever, but we don't know that for sure.

Satellite data, cited by Scientific American, suggest that this year's wildfires in Greenland are far above what has been experienced in recent years and decades. This does suggest climate change could be playing a role, but we have no proof of that. At least not yet.

Wildfires are almost always bad, and Greenland's are no exception. But there's a unique reason why Greenland wildfires are bad.

Soot from the wildfires can deposit soot on parts of Greeland's vast ice sheet if the wind is right.

If the ice is very clean, it tends to deflect the sun's heat away, and summer melting is slower.

If you add soot or other dark debris and deposit it on the ice, it will draw the sun's heat onto the ice, accelerating melting.

You don't want Greenland's ice to melt, because the added water can raise global sea levels.

On the bright side, an odd weather pattern brought unusual snow and cold to parts of the Greenland ice cap earlier this summer, so overall melting there has not been insanely above normal.

As of early July, the melt season in Greenland was the slowest since 2009, although it's pretty fast by historical standards.

I'm not sure where the 2017 Greenland melt season will end up, but it's aways good to hope the melting stayed slow throughout this summer, despite the odd wildfires.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Death Valley Just Had The World's Hottest Month

Death Valley, California just set the record for the
hottest month reliably measured on Earth
If you just love hot summer weather, you should have spent July in Death Valley, California.

According to meteorologist and climate stats expert Christopher Burt, the average temperature in Death Valley this July was 107.4 degrees.  

For comparison's sake, the average temperature in July, 2017 in Burlington,  Vermont - close to me - was 70.6 degrees, which is normal for the month.

Some media outlets said the Death Valley figures from this July made it only the second hottest month recorded on Earth.

However, Burt says the King Kalid, Saudi Arabia military base, which has claimed the world's hottest month has unreliable data. The data from Death Valley is more accurate, he says.

Three nights in Death Valley during July never fell below 100 degrees. The hottest afternoon there this July reached 127 degrees.

By the way, the "coldest" night at Death Valley in July, 2017 plunged all the way down to 89 degrees. Again, for comparison's sake, the hottest day in Burlington, Vermont this July was 89 degrees.

I'm not sure what August will bring for Death Valley but it sure is hot this week. Afternoon temperatures there for the rest of this week will generally be in the 115 to 120 degree range. (Here in Vermont, expect 70s to low 80s.)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Weird Maryland Tornado And Tropical Storm Franklin Still Threatens Mexico

Flipped cars Monday after a tornado in Salisbury,
Maryland. Photo by Liz Holland/
If you think you've read the headline in today's post before you're kind of right.

Yesterday, I reported news from Sunday on "Weird Tulsa Tornado and Tropical Storm Franklin Threatens Mexico."

Monday was sort of rinse and repeat kind of day.

In Salisbury, in eastern Maryland, a rather unexpected tornado touched down, flipping cars and causing other damage. You can see a security camera video at the bottom of this post of a car blowing out into a street.

Maryland certainly gets tornadoes from time to time, but not all that often. Eastern Maryland has been getting slammed this summer, though. A destructive tornado hit Queen Anne's County, Maryland last month and now this.

Like the Tulsa tornado early Sunday, Monday's twister spun up abruptly. The National Weather Service had warned of a severe thunderstorm, but the storm suddenly began rotating significantly, and the tornado touched down near Salisbury College.

Luckily, there haven't been serious injuries reported.


As expected, Tropical Storm Franklin hit Mexico's Yucatan Penninsula last night with sustained wincs of 60 mph.

It's crossing the penninsula now, and weakening since it's over land. Still, it's fairly well organized and should survive the trip over the Yucatan and emerge into the warm waters of the Bay of Campeche tonight.

On the one hand, the waters in the bay are extremely warm, which favors Franklin. It could intensify into a hurricane before it hits the central east coast of Mexico. On the other hand, strong upper level winds and an intrusion of dry air could limit its intensification.

We'll just have to wait and see.

Franklin still poses little or no threat to the United States.

Here's that security cam footage from the Maryland tornado:

Monday, August 7, 2017

Weird Tulsa Tornado, And Tropical Storm Franklin Threatens Mexico

A TGI Fridays in Tulsa, Oklahoma was torn apart
by a rare August tornado Sunday morning. Photo
by Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World
Over the weekend, a tornado struck Tulsa, Oklahoma, causing somewhere between 13 and 26 injuries - depending on who you talk to - and causing extensive damage to a business district. Even a 20 story building suffered serious damage.

When we think of Oklahoma, we think of tornadoes, so at first glance, news of a twister in the Sooner State doesn't seem that out of the ordinary.

This tornado was an oddball, though. Tornadoes are common in and around Oklahoma in the spring, say March through May, as atmospheric conditions favor such storms that time of year.

Those proper conditions are usually missing by August. Oh sure, a tornado can happen pretty much anywhere and any time of day in August, including in Oklahoma, but this was rare. It was the first Tulsa area tornado to strike in August since 1958. 

The time of day it struck was weird, too. Again, tornadoes can happen at any  hour of the day, but they are far more likely to strike in the afternoon and early evening, when the sun's heat adds instability to the atmosphere. That instability can make tornadoes more likely.

The Tulsa tornado, however, swept through at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. The early morning tornado mostly hit a business district, and most of the stores and restaurants in that area were closed and empty at the time of the tornado.

(Although some people inside a TGI Fridays were hurt when the tornado partly collapsed the building.)

Had the tornado focused on a dense residential district, it might have actually been worse, because people are sleeping at 1:30 in the morning and aren't awake to hear tornado warnings. And Oklahomans generally let their guard down a little after the spring tornado season ends.

And had that tornado struck during the day, when the business district was very busy, it would have been a much worse situation.

The tornado spun up extremely suddenly, catching forecasters a bit off guard. No tornado sirens in Tulsa sounded because by the twister appeared, it was already heading out of town and into the neighboring community of Broken Bow, which did receive warnings.


The latest tropical storm to form came to life last night in the northwestern Caribbean Sea.

Its name is Franklin. Top sustained winds this morning were 45 mph, which isn't too big a deal, but forecasters think Franklin could strengthen. The government of Mexico has issued a hurricane watch for the Yucatan peninsula, as the storm is expected to hit there.

It'll weaken briefly while over the Yucatan, but could strengthen again once it gets over the warm waters of the Bay of Campeche on Mexico's easrt coast.

Franklin does not appear to be much of a threat to the United States at the moment.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Some Severe Weather Today; Atlantic Tropics Bubbling

Brief funnel cloud over Potsdam, New York Friday during
a severe thunderstorm. Via Richard O'Hanlon on Twitter.
The theme of today's post is "As Expected."
Up here in New England, a cold front is coming in today, as expected. 

And, as expected, there is a chance of some severe thunderstorms, though I don't think they will be widespread.

There were scattered severe thunderstorms in New York State yesterday, but nothing major in Vermont. That was also pretty much as expected.

The timing of the cold front is such that the best chance of strong to locally severe thunderstorms this afternoon is from the Green Mountains east, and in southern New England. This is in line with what forecasters were thinking yesterday. So yes, as expected.

By the way, this won't be a mega-outbreak of severe weather. There will probably be just a few reports. Most of you who actually get a thunderstorm won't get anything too traumatic. And I'm sure several places won't get thunder at all.

We'll clear up tonight, and Sunday is going to be largely sunny and cool-ish.

Meanwhile, hurricane enthusiasts are watching the tropical Atlantic Ocean, as things seem to be coming to life there. It's August, and tropical storm chances usually ramp up about now. So yeah, say it with me: As expected.

They're watching two areas: One in the central Caribbean, the other way out over the eastern Atlantic.

Nobody is really sure if either of these two systems will develop into a tropical storm or hurricane. If they do, nobody is sure whether they will hit land anywhere. That - ugh, is to be expected. You usually can't tell what a wannabe tropical storm will do before it develops.

So ignore those people on line who take one of dozens of forecasting models, an outlier, that shows one of these things developing into a monster hurricane hitting the U.S.  That's just clickbait. People trying to get attention and possibly money.

Don't worry about either wannabe tropical system unless and until the National Hurricane Center gets a handle on how they will develop and where they will go. They'll issue warnings and alerts if need be.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Storm Threat Continues Today, Saturday For Some Of Us

Stormy skies over Lake Champlain last month. Similar
 scenes are possible today and Saturday.
As expected, scattered thunderstorms kept bubbling up, dying and bubbling back up on Thursday, thanks to an ample supply of humidity and instability in the atmosphere.

I don't have much in the way of severe weather reports, but there were a few flash flood warnings issued amid the slow moving storms, especially in the Adirondacks and southern Vermont.

No widespread damage was reported, but I'm sure people in a few spots are dealing with eroded driveways and such.

It's rinse and repeat today.

The forecast philosphy hasn't changed. Most of today across Vermont will pretty much be a carbon copy of Thursday, except it might be a little breezier and the storms might - might be a little more widespread than yesterday's.

Again, they'll start to develop in the mountains around noon and continue to bubble and die and be reborn all afternoon and into the evening.

Once again, the vast majority of us won't get any severe weather or flooding, and some of us will get no rain at all. But a few pockets across New York, Vermont, New Hampshire will get local damaging wind gusts and flash flooding.

A stronger batch of storms will start to enter New York's St. Lawrence Valley this evening, and some of those will be accompanied by damaging winds. But the storms will weaken as the sun sets. By the time the line reaches Vermont later tonight, there might be some gusty winds and heavy downpours, but that's about it.

On Saturday, the timing of the cold front is still thought to be such that the best chances of damaging storms would from central Vermont eastward

As the cold front comes across New York state in the morning, the National Weather Service in South Burlington, Vermont is thinking thunderstorms could get going in the eastern Adirondacks in the late morning and then head east.

By the time these thunderstorms march east into the Champlain Valley and especially into central Vermont just ahead of the cold front, some will get strong, with a risk of gusty winds and hail once again. This stuff will then head off into New Hampshire and Maine toward evening, and we'll be done with this relatively active weather.

Expect a coolish and nice Sunday, by the way.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Storm Threat In Vermont, Rest Of Northeast Through Thursday

Screen grab from a WCVB report on Wednesday's
 flooding in Boston. Scattered severe storms and pockets
of flash flooding could occur again anywhere in New
England today through Saturday. 
Wednesday was a gorgeous summer day in Vermont and other parts of New England - unless it wasn't.  

We entered a weather pattern on Monday in which the weather is generally good, but some areas get some big thunderstorms.

One town gets drenched and blasted by a big thunderstorm. Meanwhile, two towns over, it's wall-to-wall sunshine. It's definitely hit and miss season.

This pattern intensified Wednesday, and will continue to do so today and Friday and Saturday, too.  Which means some of us will get a very nasty thunderstorm or two, and other areas will stay dry.

It will eventually rain everywhere during this period, but some of us will only get a little rain, while others will be at risk of flash flooding. You can't tell much more than an hour or two in advance who gets what.

But at least we can give you the general scenario.

Wednesday, the worst of the storms were concentrated in southern New England, the Hudson Valley of New York below Albany and to a lesser extent, the western Adirondacks.

In this weather pattern, storms develop, intensify super fast, then die out. They're also slow movers, so you get torrential downpours and flash flooding. All of these storms also have the potential for damaging winds and large hail.

The storms Wednesday, and the ones expected today and tomorrow, also tend to contain a LOT of dangerous cloud to ground lightning.

One such storm lingered over the Boston, Massachusetts area Wednesday afternoon, causing all kinds of problems with flash flooding, downed trees, lightning strikes and fires.

The Logan Airport arrival tunnel had two feet of water in it, with cars stuck. Other roads in and around Boston had as much as three feet of water on them. The Boston Globe said the Dorchester section of Boston was particularly hard hit, with about 3.5 inches of rain pouring down there in a very short time.

Now there's today, and the weather situation is almost identical to Wednesday.  Chances are thaaat different spots will be hardest hit than those that got it Wednesday. That's just the randomness of where the storms get going.

My guess is the thunderstorms are most likely over the Adirondacks, and probably over the Green Mountains. But a gusher could pop up anywhere, at anytime between noon and sunset today.

By noon, we in Vermont and elsewhere in New England will see those towering clouds that are the hallmark of developing storms. Just like yesterday, some of these storms will grow tall and strong, and move very slowly.

Whoever gets under any one of these storms will see quite a bit of weather drama, while maybe three miles up the road, they might hear a low rumble of thunder and that's it. Again, it's the hit and miss nature of the season.

Keep an eye to the sky, and seek shelter if it looks like a storm is looming. I'm pretty sure a few isolated pockets of Vermont, and most of the rest of the Northeast for that matter, will have some thunderstorm wind damage, and some local flash flooding. Most of us will escape that. A few will not.

Just like last night, the storms will die down tonight after sunset. The heat of the sun is a large part of the fuel for these storms, so when the heat source goes away, so do the storms.

Friday, it's rinse and repeat, with maybe a few changes. It'll still be very warm and humid, and by early afternoon, scattered storms will again erupt. They'll again hit some areas, and avoid others.

However, by late afternoon and evening, a weather front will be approaching northwestern New York, which could organize storms into strong lines containing severe winds and hail.

However, that'll come in toward sunset, and some of the storms' power will ease as they approach Vermont. Showers and storms could come through any time Friday night, but they are unlikely to be severe.

Saturday, the cold front finally comes in. What kinds of storms we get all depends on the timing of that front.

If the cold front comes through in the morning, before the peak heating of the day, there will just be some showers, a few downpours, and a couple rumbles of thunder.

If the cold front holds off until later, we could get some interesting severe thunderstorms Saturday afternoon.

The cold front is coming from the west. Since tit will go through later the more east you go, at this point I think the best chance of severe storms Saturday will be in eastern Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and eastern Massachusetts.

Again, the big caveat: If the cold front speeds up or slows down, that forecast will definitely change.

Bottom line: Just be prepared to take shelter from a potentially strong thunderstorm anytime between now and Saturday evening.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Miami Is Having A REALLY Terrible Summer

Flooding in Miami on Tuesday. The city has been beset
by record heat and tremedous downpours all summer
Photo by Emily Michot/Miami Herald. 
If heat, humidity and torrential downpours aren't your thing, you'd be wise to avoid Florida in the summer.  

That kind of weather is a staple down there.

But even by Miami standards, this summer has been a humdinger, and not in a good way.

First of all, Miami just completed its hottest July on record. Julys are oppressive there anyway, but this was ridiculous.

July there was the hottest on record with a mean temperature of 85.7 degrees. All but one day made it above 90 degrees during the month. On 19 days in July, the temperature at night never made it below 80 degrees.

Ya like rain with your heat? You got it in Miami. July turned out to be just the warmup in that department, with a total of 12.45 inches of rain, almost double the average. Pretty much all that rain came in just five days during the month, including a 5.49 inch deluge on July 12.

Then August hit. Miami SO did not get off to a good start this month. An epic flood swept the area amid all that humidity. Especially in Miami Beach.

The officials rain measurement at the Miami airport yesterday was a lackluster 0.57 inches, but downtown Miam and Miami Beach got seven inches of rain in just a few hours. Many blocks of Miami Beach were underwater, with flooding gushing into businesses and apartments.

The heavy rain also hit during high tide. Sea levels are rising, and high tides often cause minor flooding in Miami Beach anyway. The torrential rains could not drain away easily with the high tide, despite an elaborate array of drain systems the city is installing. That work isn't done yet, and the rain was too heavy to deal with it anyway.

One video showed cars at a flooded intersection, with employees at a Walgreens bailing water out of the store.

By the way, unlike in some media reports, yesterday's Miami flood was not caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Emily. It was caused by slow moving thunderstorms along a weak but humid weather boundary.

Here's another video of the Miami flood. Pretty rough!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Despite Scary 1st Day, July Weather Pretty Much Normal In Vermont

A sailboat catches a shaft of sunlight near approaching
storms last week on Lake Champlain, off of Burlington, Vermont.
The weather in Vermont and the rest of New England did NOT get off to a very good start on July 1.

Flash flooding damaged swaths of central and southern Vermont, and some counties still might receive disaster declarations.

The flooding extended into New Hampshire, as did severe thunderstorms. Several tornadoes spun up in Maine, of all places.

We braced for a rough weather month. Then....not much.

At the National Weather Service office in South Burlington, Vermont, the average temperature for July, 2017 came to 70.6 degrees, which is exactly normal. Rainfall there for the month totaled 3.45 inches, which was a little below normal.

There was a notable lack of temperature extremes during July. The temperature in Burlington never made it to 90 degrees, the first time that's happened in July in many years. The low temperature was 50 degrees, which just happened Sunday.

Scanning National Weather Service data, I see that elsewhere in and around Vermont, conditions varied, as is usually the case. Montpelier reported a slightly cooler and wetter than normal July. No heat there, either. The hottest day of the month in Montpelier only made it to 83 degrees.

Up in St. Johnsbury, July was a full 2.5 degrees chillier than normal, with precipitation just about normal. Morrisville was even more nippy: 3 degrees colder than normal in July.

It looks like August is going to start on the warm side, with temperatures over the next several days running a few degrees above normal.  There is a rising risk of showers and thunderstorms as we move toward the end of this week.

Still, I don't see any signs of extreme weather coming to our region anytime soon. Then again, that type of thing tends to sneak up on you, doesn't it?