Monday, April 16, 2012

Good News And Bad News

Photo credit: WCVB-5 Boston.
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8:25 AM EDT 4/16/12 (Forecaster Mike N.) Since it is Monday, lets just get the bad over with first:
  • There will be another threat for severe weather in portions of the nation on Monday, but at least it will not be as extreme as Saturday or Sunday.
  • Some runners at the Boston Marathon may have to sit out this race due to the excessive heat potential today, with highs in area expected to touch 90 F. Race officials issued a heat warning today about the conditions that may pose risks to less experienced runners.
Today's featured zone in Facebook is our Foot's Forecast | Three Rivers due to   the thunderstorm risk on Monday. The Severe Storm Center is also posting updates and reports on the severe weather threats in other parts of the country every few hours prior to and during high impact events. 

Above is shown primary locations where severe weather risks are highest for today. This is further east from where the risk was on Sunday as the cold front and storm system make their way across the country. This storm will run into a strong high pressure off the East Coast, and weaken. Unfortunately, most of the precipitation should dissipate before it would have reached areas along the coast that really need increased rainfall.

The Good News? For those whom like it hot, you're getting the classic summer preview today, for it will be just plain hot out ahead of the cold front. A huge swath of highs in the 80s can be expected for areas extending from New Orleans to New England! Behind the front, we will get very windy in the Plains and Great Lakes regions with cool temperatures dominating. 

In the western US, a new storm will bring in some wet weather, but it will be again into the Pacific Northwest, where the rain is not needed, rather than Southern California and the rest of the SW which may be dealing with a worsening drought by the summer.

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