Now that we are saying goodbye to the month of May, we will also say goodbye to the trough of low pressure which cooled us down. Mostly sunny skies should be with us for the next week or so, and temperatures will steadily rise through the weekend, from the upper 70s on Friday to the upper 80s on Saturday all the way into the low 90s by Sunday. Temperatures back off a bit early next week, but still stay comfortably in the 80s throughout the week.
With all the changing weather we’ve had over the last several months, Duane wondered, “Why can people with arthritis tell a low pressure area is coming? Where in the US is the most stable barometer? We might go there next winter.”
I’ll start with the first question, and it is one that is still fraught with controversy. The most accepted explanation is that arthritic patients already have inflammation in their joints, and drops in pressure outside the body can aggravate that inflammation by causing the tissues to expand with the pressure change.
But there are some problems with that explanation. I’ll tell you what tomorrow.