IEM Daily Feature
Thursday, 04 June 2009

Warmth and rain

Posted: 04 Jun 2009 06:04 AM

The featured graph displays the frequency of rainfall observations a day after a given high temperature for Ames. The three lines are the frequency of given minimum precipitation thresholds. While there are a number of things going on to make this plot appear the way it does, it generally shows that the frequency of rainfall events increases as our temperature increases (more rainfall in the summer). The interesting detail is to note what happens when temperatures reach the 90s. Our chances of rainfall decrease as the temperature gets even warmer. One could speculate that when our temperatures get really warm, the air mass is often drier and soil moisture state is drier as well allowing more efficient warm ups. Rewording, having temperatures in the 90s for Ames is probably associated with a dry weather pattern.

Good = 15
Bad = 6

Tags:   climate   precip   highs