The U.S. Gulf Coast dodged a bullet as Tropical Depression Bonnie degenerated into a disorganized weak low pressure Saturday afternoon.
The upper level low pressure that plagued Bonnie's development dating back to its time over the Bahamas finally proved to be more than Bonnie could handle.
The remnants of Bonnie brought showers and thunderstorms to southern Alabama, Mississippi, and the panhandle of Florida throughout the day on Sunday. Although the threat of a stronger tropical system delayed cleanup efforts in the Gulf oil spill area, and the drilling of a relief well, the situation could have been much worse for Gulf Coast residents.
The good news in terms of the tropics is that there are no signs of development on the horizon in the Atlantic basin. However, we are nearing the month of August, which is when we usually begin to see activity ramp up.
One thing the eastern U.S. is having to deal with is the continued intense heat and humidity. The oppressive combination has led to heat advisories and excessive heat warnings from the Southeast through the mid-Atlantic states.
Many cities - including New York City; Washington; Richmond, Virginia; and Raleigh, North Carolina - set record high temperatures on Saturday as the afternoon highs reached the upper 90s and lower 100s Fahrenheit (upper 30s Celsius). More records will be broken again Sunday as similar temperatures are expected.
Relief is on the way as a cold front is dropping to the south, bringing temperatures back to normal. However, the front will only make it though the mid-Atlantic, leaving the Southeast U.S. in the oppressive heat and humidity into at least the middle of the week.
Another region that continues to bake in extreme heat is eastern Europe, including parts of Russia. Moscow once again reached 35 C (95 F) on Sunday. Moscow has been above its normal high temperature of 21-23 C (70-73 F) every day since June 20. This includes 20 days in which the city topped 30 C (86 F).
No relief is in sight for Moscow as temperatures are expected to continue to be near or above 35 C ( 95 F) each day this week. With this trend continuing, it appears that Moscow is well on its way to having its hottest July in recorded history.