Thursday, May 17, 2012

Preparing for the Preakness

7:30 AM EDT 5/17/12 (Forecaster Mike) - Ready for a tranquil Thursday? For those planning proms, wedding and major sporting events such as the 137th Preakness at Pimlico in Baltimore, we are happy to report relatively few areas of high risk weather today into Friday.

RAIN PERSISTS IN THE SOUTHEAST - While the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast will be able to sweep out the wet weather, making for a beautiful Thursday, those from the Foot's Forecast | South Florida & The Keys zone to the Carolina Coast will have to be on the look out for scattered showers and thunderstorms running through once again. 

HOT OR NOT? - Across the rest of the south, the not-too-hotness is trying to continue but heat is gradually gaining just a few degrees a day. For example, those in the Foot's Forecast | Central Mississippi zone may have to watch for highs in the upper 80s with a chance at 90s. 80s will dominate a large portion of the southeast and the Great Plains region, which may be a slight warm up for some places, but look for more significant warmth to come in the next few days. 

NOT AS WARM IN THE NORTHEAST - With a gradual warm up is entering into the south central portion of the country, areas from the Ohio Valley into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast will actually be significantly on Thursday when compared to Wednesday with highs in the 70s or even 60s close to the Lakes! For example, areas like the Philadelphia Metro, covered by the Foot's Forecast | Southeast Pennsylvania zone may be in the 70s, which is quite a drop from the humid 80s that that area saw on Wednesday. 

Becoming Slightly Unsettled in the West - Especially in the Northern Rockies and other portions of the Northwest, some scattered showers or thunderstorms will become possible on Thursday. Conversely, the Southwest will be frying again, with a fire threat developing across portions of Nevada, California, Arizona, and Utah. The map shows the fire threat for the west on Thursday. 

Stay tuned for more and have a fantastic Thursday!

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