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Strong storms today for us! Also, keeping an eye on the tropics!

For today, look for scattered t-storms. Some of these storms will have the potential to become severe, with damaging winds and hail the main threat. The tornado threat is extremely low. You can already see one line of storms building to our north if you look toward Kentucky. They’re a beautiful site to see! Also, one glance at the radar and you know we’ve got a stormy day ahead. Highs should easily reach the low 80s before storms arrive. The first line of storms should be here by 11:00am. But then we have more storms out west that will be moving in this afternoon.

On Friday, we’ll see much more islolated storms. In other words, we’ll be back to the heat-of-the-day pop up variety of storms that we’re used to getting in the summer months. Saturday will be much of the same. Highs each day will be in the low to mid 80s. On Sunday and Monday we’ll see rain chances increase again as another front approaches. This front should bring us some lower humidity for Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.

We’re also watching the tropics! It looks more and more likely that we’ll see tropical development in the southern Gulf of Mexico over the weekend. Where it goes from there is still a guess. I’ll keep you posted!

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Strong to severe storms for Thursday and possible trouble in the tropics!

The heat is already cranking up out there today, with the temp already approaching 80 degrees and it’s not even 8:30 yet! Expect a very hot and humid day, with isolated to scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms. We don’t expect any organized severe wx, though any storm this time of year is capable of briefly becoming severe. Regardless, these summer storms usually contain lots of dangerous lightning and gusty winds. A more substantial severe wx threat will exist on Thursday. We’re not expecting much in the way of tornadoes, due to conditions just not being favorable for that kind of activity, but we could see some very potent storms roll out of Kentucky during the afternoon or evening. I’ll keep an eye on it. Right now, damaging straight line winds look to be the main threat, along with very heavy rainfall and some hail.  On Friday, we go back to your typical heat-of-the-day afternoon and evening t-storms.  That forecast will hold throughout the weekend. There are indications that a front will make its way through here early next week, bringing lower humidity. We’ll keep our fingers crossed!

Tropical Troubles?

As we all know, hurricane season started June 1. Typically, we expect development to be slow for June and anything that develops is usually in the Caribbean or Gulf of Mexico. FYI, hurricane season peaks in late August to early September. We are monitoring a disturbance that will make its way into the southern Gulf over the next several days. And that’s exactly where we’d expect any development to occur this time of year. The chance of development is small, but with the threat of a Gulf storm, we have to monitor it. Where it goes from there is anyone’s guess at this point. We have several days  to monitor that.  What is unusual is that a very strong disturbance has come off the coast of Africa and will be making its way across the Atlantic. It’s something to monitor because all indications are that the steering pattern will guide it right toward the Caribbean, where it becomes a concern to the US. Again, anything can happen between now and then, but we’ll monitor it. That wouldn’t be a threat until next week. Let us know if you have any questions by asking here or AskUs@weathertap.com!

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Hot and humid with isolated t-storms through Wed. Stronger storms possible Thursday.

We’re already seeing that high humidity this morning. That high humidity, along with that hot sun, will make the atmosphere ripe for scattered afternoon and evening t-storms. Highs both Tuesday and Wednesday will top out in the lower 80s, with lows near 70. What you get today in the weather is what you’ll get on Wednesday. On Thursday, a cold front will begin flirting with our area, and that will lead to some stronger storms. Some of Thursday’s storms could contain some hail and marginally severe winds. I’ll keep an eye on it! The heat and humidity continue for Friday through Sunday, with isolated to scattered heat-of-the-day t-storms. There are indications that a stronger cold front will come through here around Tuesday, bringing lower humidity and cooler temps. I’ll keep an eye on that too!

I hope you got to check out the International Space Station last evening? It was a site to see once again. I’ll try to keep you posted on when the next one will be. Remember, you can watch it track across the earth live at http://www.isstracker.com/, as well as get texts reminders of when it will be flying over your neighborhood at https://goo.gl/LMQKyO.

Since it is so hot and humid out today, I’ll leave you with a pic of a place that might cool you off a bit. Isn’t that beautiful? This photo was taken by Tim Sherrill, father of our very own Emily Sherrill.

Now, when we leavin’ for the beach? 🙂

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Summer has arrived!

Technically, Summer doesn’t arrive until  June 20th, but you’ll beg to disagree with that this week. You may have already noticed that the humidity has really increased out there. It’s going to feel hot and muggy all week, with afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. Each day will feature highs in the low to mid 80s, and overnight lows in the mid to upper 60s. The best chance of rain right now looks to be on Thursday, as a front creeps closer to our area. Basically, just know that it’s going to be hot and humid with scattered thunderstorms each afternoon and evening.  As usual, some of the storms could be strong, with gusty winds and lots of lightning, but no widespread severe weather is expected at this time.

You may have noticed that beautiful full moon over the weekend? It was quite the site to see! Facebook follower Inga Sarda-Sore snapped this pic of the moon as it was rising over New York City. The city is beautiful enough as darkness fall, but throw in that moon and it’s absolutely gorgeous.

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On top of that beautiful moon rising, the International Space Station (ISS) flew right over my house Friday evening. It was so bright and easy to see. You can track the ISS live at http://www.isstracker.com/. Then, you can always know where it’s at! It’s really cool to watch. Check it out! You can also get free text messages from NASA that will alert you to when the ISS will be flying over your neighborhood. I get these and I highly recommend it. You can sign up at https://goo.gl/LMQKyO.

Would you take a ride on the ISS if given the chance? I would just to see a hurricane from space. How cool would that be? 🙂