By Todd Nelson, filling in for Douglas:

I like July! Corn on the cob, fresh BLT's from the garden and nocturnal thunderstorms.

Vivid nighttime lightning displays across parts of the state developed on the outer periphery of a big dome of hot and sweaty weather that bubbled into the region earlier this week. A cold front pushed through the region yesterday, which will allow the heat and humidity to break a bit today and tomorrow. Other than a few pop-up showers today, most of us will stay dry and sunny through the early weekend. Our next best chance of rain doesn't arrive until Sunday afternoon.

Enjoy the more comfortable weather for now. Extended models are suggesting a pretty steamy mid month, which will coincide with our typical hottest time of the year. From July 14 to 16, the average high and low peak at 84 and 65 degrees respectively.

Yes, the Dog Days are here. Not sure about you, but I think a boiling pot of corn tastes much better on these lazy hazy days . Now, please pass the salt and butter.