It's the beginning of the month, time to break out ye olde updated cumulative rainfall graph. June and July, thanks to a late surge during the latter, was the second wettest June-July combo ever recorded in Central Park. Less than five inches of rain, the normal is 4.22, needs to fall this month for 2009 to be the rainiest summer ever. However, a rainy two month stretch is no guarantee of a third wet month. The rain-soaked June-July of 1975 was followed by a dry August, and the very dry start of summer in 1999 rebounded with nearly normal rainfall the next month (followed by a wallop from Floyd that September).

No rain is expected today or tomorrow. A high pressure system is in control. Enjoy mostly sunny skies and a high in the mid 80s today and upper 80s Tuesday.

A slow moving cold front should approach the city on Wednesday. That disturbance will upset the sky gods, who will express their displeasure by unleashing rain upon us mere mortals. Wednesday's high may reach 90 degrees before the rain arrives. Clear skies and highs around 80 should prevail for several days following the front's passage.