Thursday, April 8, 2010

"Oh what a beautiful morning..."
- from the Rogers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma

7:00 AM THU 4.8.2010
Like the famous line from Oklahoma, today's temperatures and summer-like skies certainly makes it feel as though we're gettting the Fourth of July cookout ready instead of putting away Easter decorations. The good news is that easterners looking for relief from the heat will get it from the cooler temps to follow tonight's severe storm potential as the front sweeps east. Until then, you know the drill for this setup: Warm southerly breezes will pump in humid air all day, combining with daytime heating and sharp temperature changes approaching from the west. That's a spicy recipe for severe storms by 9:00 PM tonight containing wind gusts near 50 mph and small hail likely.

Georgia and the Carolinas will be in the crosshairs first this afternoon, followed by Virginia this evening and Maryland-Delaware-Pennsylvania into the overnight hours. As time and school schedules permit, our forecasters will be posting updates in our Severe Storm Center throughout the day and into the evening.

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