Posted by Meteorologist André Bernier

I hope you saw the beautiful sunset (and moonrise) tonight. Jay Reynolds submitted these photos tonight:

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Incidentally, the second full moon to occur this month is Friday (the “blue moon”).

The great weather will continue Friday with sunshine and highs in the low to mid 80s.  However, there’s a very slim chance of a thundershower late Friday night with very weak cold front.  It won’t be widespread or organized and most backyards will likely stay rain-free.

The weekend, August debut, will be dry overall with seasonable highs in the low to mid 80s. A slim chance of a lingering shower AM Saturday will be possible as well as a Sunday evening/night shower or storm.  Otherwise, it’ll be a great weekend to hang out ‘pool side’! :)

Your latest 8-day forecast is as follows:

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Contrary to what people are thinking this month after a few weeks without appreciable rainfall (still running a 1/2″ deficit in July), we are nowhere near drought conditions.  Here is a map comparing the Palmer Drought Severity Index nationwide from early July to late July.  I circled Ohio for reference.

PDSIGiven that, our July rainfall departure has gone into negative territory over the course of the last couple of weeks.

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