This blog post is brought to you by Panda Express, which along with the adjoining but depleted Union food court, appears to be the only place to eat on the University of Utah campus and provided me with the fortune above yesterday.
This June has been awful. How awful? Some statistics:
- Although we just went through the climatologically coolest first half of June, if the month ended today, it would still rate as the warmest on record at the Salt Lake City International Airport (KSLC) by 1.4˚F.
- Likewise for Tooele. So far 1.1˚F hotter than the hottest June on record (records back to 1896).
- The average temperature at KSLC for June 1-16, 78.9˚F would rank in the top 25% hottest Julys. More on July in a minute.
- KSLC has had no measurable rain so far this month (they recorded a trace on June 5).
This isn't a recipe for another 107˚F day, but it also isn't a recipe for a return to near average temperatures. Temperature forecasts from the National Weather Service's National Blend of Models show we will likely see high temperatures near or above 90 for the period. The best odds for below 90˚F are on Sunday and Monday when we may feel the effects of the bush by. Still the majority of NBM members call for highs at or above 90˚F those days.
I'm not a fan of looking farther out, but I'll give you what you want. The Climate Prediction Center 8-14 day outlook, covering the last week of June, shoes the odds stacked for above average temperatures.