It’s the doldrums of summer and the weather map finally looks a little like August. The active jet stream has retreated north and the lazy, hazy days are here.
On the US east coast, Bertha has departed and all is quiet, so swimming should be hazard-free from Down East Maine to the Florida Keys. However, local conditions can sometimes produce dangerous currents, particularly in connection with the Supermoon super-high tides.
Heed any warnings issued by the National Weather Service, lifeguards, or local authorities.
The monsoon, which produced heavy rains in the southwest during the week has simmered down. In addition, the hot, dry weather that led to wildfires in many western states has moderated.
All in all, it’s a pretty typical summer weekend in the US, with hot to moderate temperatures from south to north, coolest in the northeast, and thunderstorms possible in most places — driest in the northeast and (naturally) the southwest and west coast.
Weather in Europe
Across the pond, it’s been a very warm summer in Europe from London to Moscow. The overall general pattern that has been stuck in place since last winter is finally changing. The hot weather has moved from the west coast of the United States to the center of the country. Everything is being realigned towards the east.
In Europe, this means that the low pressure in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean will move close enough to the continent to give London and Paris cooler temperatures and a little rain, probably enhanced by the remnants of Bertha. Farther east, Germany and Russia will remain much warmer than normal this weekend, but the cooler temperatures will overspread all of Europe by the middle of next week.
Midsummer is a perfect time for families to drop a line in an ocean, river, or lake, and try to catch dinner. Fishing teaches children patience and enjoyment of nature. Remember to procure all necessary licenses and obey size and bag limits. Check the weather in advance.
The following is a rundown of some important tournaments. If they’re having a tournament, there’s probably a reason: Probably, they expect the fish to be biting. So use this as a hint as to the best places to fish. But anywhere there’s water, something could be swimming in it.
- Lake Champlain Bass Fishing Tournament, Saturday, Plattsburgh, NY.
Weather: A perfect day for fishing under the influence of a benign high pressure system.
- North Texas Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament, Saturday, Upper Middle Brazos River.
Weather: Hot and muggy. If the fish aren’t biting, you can go for a dip..
- Crestliner Trumped Online Fishing Tournament, Saturday, all of Alabama. Bass, crappie, pike, walleye. See, you really can do anything online.
Weather: If it’s good enough for Texas, it’s good enough for Alabama.
- Grandpa Sevino Fluke Tournament, Saturday, Staten Island, NY.
Weather: A benign high pressure area covers the whole northeast this weekend. Temperatures will be comfortable — in the mid 80s — and there will be no rain.
- Seward Silver Salmon Derby, Saturday, Seward, Alaska.
Weather: Alaska has had a warm summer, but things are changing everywhere. In Seward, it will be 60 degrees and raining — pretty much what you’d expect in Alaska.
- WCCM Catfish Tournament, Saturday, Imperial County, CA.
Weather: 100 degrees in the shade. The monsoon is over.
Watch The Supermoon Rise
The brightest and biggest-looking moon in the past three years will rise around 7:30 EDT in the northeast US on Sunday. But this month’s supermoon will be nearly as big and bright on Saturday night. The moon will rise earlier, and will be hanging romantically over lover’s lane by mid-evening.
This is an event that can be enjoyed anywhere in the world — as long as the weather cooperates. Dry inland areas offer the best chance for a clear view, but the moon rising over the ocean is a special treat. The northeast Atlantic coast looks good for both Saturday and Sunday.
Tides And The Supermoon
Supermoon means super tides. The closer the moon is, the harder it pulls on the earth’s oceans (gravitational force is inversely proportional to distance).Water that normally rushes through channels on an average tide will rush faster on the Supermoon tide (high astronomical tides are known as ‘spring’ tides, as the water springs forth).
Waters that are normally placid may become roiled during spring tides, as the water suddenly finds itself behind schedule. Ocean swimmers should be cautious, and stay out of the water if it looks like it’s in a bad mood.
Decoded Science’s Major League Baseball Pick Of The Week
Washington Nationals @ Atlanta Braves, Saturday, 7:10 p.m.
This game between two teams fighting for their division title and a playoff spot shapes up as a classic battle between a veteran and a young pitcher.
There’s something about pitching for the Braves that makes pitchers better. Their starter, 36-year-old Aaron Harang, is having his best season after coming to the Braves last year.
Washington’s 27-year-old Tanner Roark, is just coming into his own as a starter after spending much of his career in the bullpen. Every game between these two teams could be the deciding factor in the division or in the race for a wild card spot in the playoffs.
Weather: Atlanta has been hot recently, and the temperature will be around 90 at game time, falling to near 80 by the 9th inning. A shower is always possible in Atlanta in the summer.
Music And Food Festivals
There are festivals galore at this time of year. To find one near you, just do an internet search of ‘music festival’ and the name of your city. Decoded Science deemed the following especially interesting:
Black Dog Summer Music Festival, Saturday, Floyd, VA
The organizers say “it’s all about the wine and the music.” I can’t remember if the wine makes the music better or vice-versa, but count me in. This is right next to the Blue Ridge Parkway and there’s a camping area nearby. Sip vino and soak in the sounds.
Weather: At 25oo feet, this is a nice place for sweltering flatlanders to breathe freely. Temperatures are ten degrees cooler than in the valley below. An afternoon thunderstorm isn’t out of the question.
Kalo & Awa Festival, Saturday, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii
These are the Hawaiian names for Taro and Kava. Music, food, and relaxation Hawaiian-style.
Weather: Hawaii will be between tropical storms. Much more exciting than the same old perfect weather day after day.
A Fine Weekend, Active Or Laid-Back
There’s a lot going on during this midsummer weekend. What’s happening in your neck-of the woods?