This weekend marks the celebration of fathers around the nation. As we gear up for the festivities, some of which may occur outside, here is a look at your Father’s Day climatology - record high, low, and average rainfall (based on data from 1981-2010) for Chicago.
If you plan to BBQ or take dad out for a special thank you meal, it will be hard to do so without feeling some tail-end impact of the 2012 drought.
Since last year’s drought was so extreme and extensive, milk and beef prices are projected to be higher this year.
And, if you are planning on hitting the golf course this weekend, you may be interested in this 2007 study. It takes a look at the impact of climate change and the length of the golf season. Over the past 100 years, the average temperature across the continental U.S. has risen 1.3°F. The study found that the temperature increase means more available golfing days across the U.S., with the West and the South seeing the biggest increase of up to 29 days.
NOAA released its Spring climate summary on Thursday. With cooler and wetter than average conditions persisting nationally, this spring was the 38th coolest spring on record. The contiguous U.S. experienced its first season with below average temperatures since the winter of 2010-2011. Spring precipitation was above the 20th century average across the contiguous U.S., with Iowa experiencing its wettest spring to date, recording 8.84 inches of precipitation. In addition, the spring of 2013 was more extreme than average, featuring deadly tornadoes, widespread flooding, and deepening drought. The West was warmer and drier than average this spring, setting that region up for a potentially devastating wildfire season along with water supply worries in some areas, such as New Mexico.
The graphic below provides a snapshot of the summary’s highlights. For more information, visit NOAA's State of the Climate page.