The heat is going to be cranking up today, folks. Highs will reach near 90 again and the humidity is going to make it feel much hotter. With this much heat and humidity around, you can bet there will be a storm or two around this evening, especially on the southern end of the plateau. Tomorrow, the atmosphere will be a bit more supportive of storms, so we’ll see a few more around than what we see today. On Friday and Saturday a front begins to approach and that will kick off even more showers and storms, though neither day will be a total washout. Our area has been highlighted by the Storm Prediction Center for the possibility of severe storms, so we’ll have to be on the lookout for those. Of course, any storm that develops in all this heat can briefly reach severe limits, with damaging winds and some hail, not to mention that dangerous lightning. That front passes through Saturday night and that should drop humidity levels down for Sunday, which will also significantly decrease our chances for storms.
Some big storms this week in the Upper Midwest have left a lot of destruction in their wake. This cornfield in Iowa was pulverized by golf ball sized hail and 70-80 mph winds. The corn was 5-6 feet tall before the storm. All this bad weather makes our heat and humidity seem more tolerable, right?
Notice the “eye” with the hook echo on this particular storm! That’s some violent rotation!
Another photogenic supercell near Ada, Minnesota.