Storms continue to rage out west, while we enjoy hot sunshine

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Main threats

No widespread hazardous weather in sight. Just be mindful of the heat.

Summary

The hot and humid weather will continue right on into next week. The models hint, from time to time, at a stray shower or storm in the afternoons of each day, but that chance is so small. Like I said yesterday, 90-95% of the plateau should stay dry each day.

The next system to threaten us may come in the middle of next week. Right now it looks weak in the model data. Hopefully, it’ll be strong enough to bring us some rain, as things are going to be getting quite dry by then.

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

The Tri-State tornado of 1925 traveled 219 miles, moving through parts of Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. It is also the deadliest tornado in U.S. history, killing 695 people.

Records

An usual late-season snowstorm blanketed parts of Iowa on this day in 1882. At least four to six inches of snow fell in some locations.

It was a hot May in parts of Texas in 1989. By this day, the town of Midland had recorded its sixth straight day of 100+ degree hit, hitting 106 on this particular day.

Almanac

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Yesterday’s record high: 88 (1970)

Yesterday’s record low: 32 (2002)

Today’s record high: 85 (2010, 1970)

Today’s record low: 39 (1963)

Today’s sunset: 7:45

Tomorrow sunrise: 5:27

Today’s day length: 14 hrs 16 mins 57 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 14 hrs 18 mins 13 secs

One year ago today

The high was 82 and the low was 61. No rain fell.

Astronomy 

Sky viewing conditions tonight: GOOD

Moon rise: midnight

Moon set: 9:32 a.m.

Moon phase: Waning Gibbous, 79% illumination

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What to look for in the night sky tonight

Since the moon doesn’t rise until midnight, we have a nice dark sky to see things with tonight! Skies should cooperate, as well. This means it’s a good evening to spot beehives! (ha) No, not that kind of beehive.

Go out and look west after darkness falls. Look about 30 degrees up into the sky and you’ll see a faint cloud about several stars. This is the Beehive star cluster (M44). Through binoculars, they explode into dozens of stars! Go out and have a look!

If you look to the northwest you’ll see Mars.

On the skychart below, I have the Beehive cluster circled at 9:00. Mars is below it in purple.  Don’t forget that Jupiter rises in the southeast at about 10:00. That planet sure was shining bright last night!

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News

The big weather news today is all the cleanup taking place after yesterday and last night’s storms across the central plains and the Midwest. The flooding is horrible, too. I read yesterday that Illinois farmers have only planted 25% of the crops that they would normally have planted by now due to flooding.

A weatherTAP follower sent in this pic of a storm he chased in Oklahoma yesterday. This storm, at one point, was severe and moving toward metro areas of Oklahoma City. Thankfully, even after three strong attempts, it never produced a tornado. That was one ominous looking storm, though! (photo by Jon Morrow)

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I have more images/video that I’ll be sharing later from a former student of mine at Mississippi State. He was chasing and caught up with the violent tornado that narrowly missed Joplin, Missouri. The twister missed Joplin by 10 miles, on the 8-year anniversary of the EF-5 that nearly wiped Joplin off the map.

More severe weather is expected toward across the plains, with more tornadoes likely.

You all have a great day and keep all the folks who are not having such a great day close to your hearts.

 

 

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