It was just last week that the Philadelphia area was hit with the first heat wave of the season. Temperatures hovered in the nineties. Coupled with the humidity, the heat index reached the hundred degree mark in some locations. If you are an equestrian who dislikes riding your horse in the typical Northeast summer heat and humidity, you are in for a rare summertime treat. A quasi "polar vortex" similar to what we experienced this past winter is about to make a cameo appearance in our area.
No, we needn't brace ourselves for snow or sleet or freezing rain. According to the Weather Channel, we can expect temperatures to drop down about ten or so degrees from the average for this time of year.
Horse people are rejoicing about the change which is due to hit our area around the end of next week.
When told about the upcoming cold spell, Susan Lohmann, a trainer in Chesterfield, New Jersey remarked, "Horses hate the heat more than people, so I am happy for the horses!"
Ex-pat Australian (and now New Jersey) Standardbred harness racing trainer Darran Cassar chimed in, "We don't have to get up so early to beat the heat jogging the horses!"
Kathy Krupa, owner of HorseTime Inc., in Crosswicks, New Jersey said, "Some sweet summer bareback riding is in order."
Lois Williams, a horse owner and California native who years ago relocated to the East Coast reminisced, "It'll be just like early morning riding in Southern California — cool and dry!"
Yes, it'll be a breath of fresh air for horses and horse owners alike in our neck of the woods. But we are in the sweet spot. In the midwest the temperature variance will be much more significant, with a shift of about thirty degrees. Some early morning temperatures may dip into the 50s according to the Weather Channel.
What's causing the change in weather pattern? As reported by The Washington Post, the jet stream is dipping farther south than usual over the eastern part of the United States due to a typhoon that is located "thousands of miles to the west" according to the Weather Channel.
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