Extreme Temperature Diary- Friday May 20th, 2022/Main Topic: A Needed Cooler and Wetter Pattern for the U.S.

The main purpose of this ongoing blog will be to track planetary extreme, or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials).😉

Main Topic: A Needed Cooler and Wetter Pattern for the U.S.

Dear Diary: Today’s post should let all know that our climate is not totally broken…at least not yet across much of the United States. The atmosphere still has the ability to spit out a correcting weather pattern such that heatwaves and droughts can break. It remains to be seen if a mega long-term drought can break across the southwestern United States though, or has irrevocable climate change struck there for good?

Wow! It’s snowing to beat the band across the Rockies and Front Range area, including Denver, today:

Yes, Colorado will go from dry, hot fire weather to very late season snow in just one day with no transition. It does seem like climate change is bringing more and more extremes.

The airmass bringing chilly conditions to the Rockies will break the back of our current heatwave over the weekend:

The associated front should have moved into Texas and much of the South by Sunday, cooling temperatures:

This is the first part of our good news. Next, a system moving through the West on Sunday will start to funnel moisture into the drought plagued Front Range area:

Here is the GFS forecast for early Tuesday of next week:

Several inches of much needed rain should fall from storms in the West Texas area where east of the Rockies we see the worst drought conditions:

Of course, there won’t be any relief west of the Rockies from this system.

Any drought trying to rear its ugly head across the Southeast should be drenched by this system next week:

So, we should receive some relief through the rest of May. It remains to be seen, though, if this relief will translate to a Weather Service bust as we approach another dreadfully hot summer:

Here are “ET’s” recorded from around the planet the last couple of days, their consequences, and some extreme temperature outlooks:


Here is more climate and weather news from Friday:

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