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High heat this past July with more to come throughout August

Most Mid-Missourians have felt the effects of high heat this past July into early August. When breaking down the recorded statistics for Columbia, Mo., the average departure from normal temperatures wanes on the positive side indicating temperatures averaged above average for July of 2022. Many days indicate substantial increases in temperatures averaging out to 2.4 degrees above average for the entire month. The average high in central Missouri for July finished out at 92 degrees while the overall monthly average temperature sat at 80.9 degrees. 

As we surpass the first-week mark of August, you might be wondering, what this month has in store. The climate prediction center puts Mid-Missouri in the 50th percentile probability region for the month of August in favor of seeing well above average temperatures once again. The first week of this month has already seen the first seven days mark above average highs once again as we average 7.3 degrees above departure.

Although this upcoming week temperatures are expected to hover around the current 89-degree average, a return to above-average heat is expected with the future development of more high-pressure systems to our west. 

A new bill passed by the Senate this past weekend mentions efforts to try to combat these current climatological increases in temperatures experienced across parts of the U.S. by funding possible renewable energy infrastructure. Contributors of this bill say these efforts look to lower greenhouse gas emissions by 40% when compared to 2005.  

Some model data currently trend average yearly temperatures surpassing 64 degrees by 2100 with current emission rates. This same model data shows only a slight change in average yearly temperatures across the United States when making significant cuts to current greenhouse gas emissions. 

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Chance Gotsch

Chance Gotsch grew up just south of St. Louis and moved to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri to pursue a degree in Atmospheric Sciences.

His interest in weather begin as a child when he used to be afraid of storms. Years later, he purchased a weather forecasting book and weather station at his elementary Scholastic Book Fair. After reading into the hows and whys of atmospheric science, he quickly became interested and gained his new passion.

Chance joined the ABC17 Stormtrack Weather Team in February of 2021. He is currently the weekday Noon Meteorologist.


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