The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

July 2, 2013

Enjoy the unseasonably cool weather while it lasts

It’s odd to experience these unseasonably low temperatures in July.

Let’s give credit where it is due. Oklahoma’s reprieve from summer’s scorching heat comes courtesy of a high-pressure system settling west of the state.

California, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico are getting the brunt of the sizzling temperatures. Remember when that happened in Enid during the last two summers?

Thankfully for us, that system has settled farther west and is causing the triple-digit high temperatures in much of the western United States.

Above Enid, no high-pressure systems are hovering to block cold fronts from moving through.

“This happens in late fall, not July,” meteorologist Dan Shoemaker of the National Weather Service told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Enjoy it while it lasts. Now is the time for outdoor activities. It’s almost too cool to swim. (Until the weather changes, that is.)

“This is a nice change of pace,” Damon Lane, chief meteorologist for KOCO-TV, said.

It sure is. Who remembers a Fourth of July forecast in the 80s?

This unseasonably mild weather won’t last long. Later this week, temps are expected to rise back into the 90s.

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