FRIDAY – SUNDAY: Any afternoon or evening storm could be strong, with frequent lightning, gusty winds, small hail, and very heavy rainfall. Widespread severe weather is not expected, though some storms could be locally severe for a brief time.
The heat and humidity are with us in full force this Fourth of July weekend. Be safe if you’re out and about in this heat. We will also see scattered, mainly afternoon/evening, showers and storms over the next several days. Anyone with outdoor plans should keep an eye to the sky and on the radar. Any storm that develops could be on the strong side, especially with all this heat and humidity around to fuel them.
I should note that at least one short-term model this morning is showing some intense storms lining up along the western edge of the plateau this evening sometime between 5-7:00 pm. Those would then push east, giving us some pretty good storm coverage, if that model verifies.
Indications are that rain chances will begin dropping off come Monday, setting the stage for a very warm/hot first full week of July with low rain chances each day.
While Florida is considered the lightning capital of the United States, they receive a vast majority of that lightning in only three months: June, July and August. The area from Tampa to Titusville is known as “Lightning Alley”, receiving more lightning strikes than any other region of the state of Florida.
On this day in 1968 Crossville had a record low of 50 degrees! That’s almost sweater weather this time of year, folks! Clarksville, located northwest of Nashville, was only 47 degrees that morning.
In stark contrast to that…..
On this day in 1970 Death Valley, California recording a morning low of 103! They climbed to 120 for a high for that day.
Today’s sunset: 8:00
Tomorrow sunrise: 5:30
Today’s day length: 14 hrs 30 mins 44 secs
Tomorrow’s day length: 14 hrs 29 mins 59 secs
You all have a safe and wonderful Fourth of July weekend. Please be careful around these storms. That lightning can be quite lethal. More people die from lightning strikes during this weekend than at any other time of the year. Just be safe and if you hear thunder remember you’re close enough to be struck.
I’m working on my write-up from my trip last week, so stay tuned for that! I’ll try to have that finished by next week sometime. I have a LOT to tell! ha
Have a great weekend!
This morning’s weatherTAP RadarLab at 10:00 a.m. shows the closest storms to us are back over in the Memphis area. This radar image will change as we go through the day!