Shower/Storm chances continue

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Main Threats

Any storm that develops over the next couple days could become strong to briefly severe. Other than that, no widespread hazardous weather is expected.

Summary

Showers and storms are to our west and southwest this morning and they will build toward us as the day goes along. Activity should be more scattered in nature and not so much in the form of a line like we had yesterday. Storms should also be less windy today, though we can’t rule out a strong gust or two in some of the stronger storms. And with so much humidity out there, torrential downpours of rain are also possible.

Rain and storm chances drop off a bit for tomorrow and then a bit more for Saturday, though there should still be scattered showers and storms around, especially during the afternoons and evenings.

Rain and storm chances may pick back up again Sunday-Tuesday as yet another weak cold front drops in on us.

Discussion

Those winds ahead of that line of storms yesterday got a bit rowdy for some folks. Thankfully, our atmosphere wasn’t unstable enough to support stronger storms. Today’s storms should behave themselves a bit better, though one or two could become strong.

Tropics

Debby continues to spin off into the north Atlantic and Hurricane Hector continues to move to the south and away from Hawaii. Two other healthy tropical storms remain in the eastern Pacific, moving away from both Mexico and the U.S.

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Records

The heat wave of 1930 continues. On this day, Dickson, TN, located just west of Nashville, set an all-time record high of 110 degrees. Numerous other locations across the state surpassed the century mark for afternoon highs.

On this day in 1878 the second deadliest tornado in New England history struck Wallingford, Connecticut. Thirty-four people lost their lives and another 100 were injured. Interestingly, the tornado was only on the ground for two miles and was only 400-600 feet wide. Thirty homes were destroyed. This is one time when a short-lived, violent tornado hit a very populated area. The twister began as a waterspout over the dam of the Quinnipiac River.

You can tell New England is not frequented by tornadoes when the second deadliest tornado in their ~400 year history only took 34 lives. And that was in 1878.

News 

California’s wildfires continue to rage on. Unfortunately, conditions do not look to improve any time soon. One fire may not be extinguished until September. The smoke from these fires, along with fires in western Canada, is currently making its way across North America. Before this summer is through, we’ll likely be dealing with the smoke from these fires in one way or another here on the plateau (hard to believe, right?). This fire season is expected to be the worst in California state history. If that sounds familiar it’s because we seem to be saying that every year now.

Below is a map of the smoke’s movement across North America. The red is heavy smoke.

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This a map of current of current wildfires in the U.S.  ….and it’s only going to get worse.

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The drought maps updated on Tuesdays but are released on Thursdays. This is today’s. Long term drought is forecast to continue for the western U.S.

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Be sure and keep all those affected by these fires close to your heart.

 

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