Dry, quiet and cool morning underway with air temps ranging from the M50s to near 60, and dew point temps in the low to mid 50s...which is quiet dry for late July. As of 3 am the air temp at Cape Girardeau was 59....with the record for 7/29 being 56. With slightly drier air in place today there should be a bit less cloud cover; otherwise another very pleasant summer day is in store for the area with below average temps and humidity levels. Went about 80 to 85 for afternoon highs today...slightly warmer than automated model numbers since the ground is fairly dry. North winds will be a bit lighter today so not as much of a fresh breeze as on Monday. But- clear and unusually cool conditions will continue tonight and into Wednesday morning as skies stay clear and humidity levels stay rather low.
Over the next several days the high-amplitude upper pattern currently in place will gradually weaken, allowing for a gradual warming and 'humidifying' trend. The trend will be rather slow, however, and even the upcoming first weekend of August is looking relatively nice with lows in the 60s and highs in mid to upper 80s. By early next week looks like we'll be back to near normal....though models are indicating another weak cold front about the middle of next week.
One note that was mentioned yesterday is that the outlook is looking quite dry for the next several days. There may be enough moisture and instability for isolated showers/T'showers by the end of the week and into the weekend....but only small chances. The next significant chance of rain currently is not showing up until an upper trough/front about the middle of next week.
7/29 4:00 am ba