Friday, May 25, 2012

Welcoming The Weekend 
And A New Partner!

2:30 PM EDT 5/25/12 (Forecasters Mike & Mr. Foot) - On this Happy Friday of Memorial Day Weekend, our team is excited to unveil to our readers in Central Maryland a new partnership with the Bel Air Downtown Alliance of Harford County, MD. This innovative step for local weather provides specialized "fusion forecasting" and decision support services for events and venues in and around the business district of this vibrant, up-and-coming community. For more details, please visit this special report on the Bel Air Downtown Alliance website, or the press release from our Maryland Team. 

If you're in the Central Maryland area next Friday, take the evening and come visit the great family activities, excellent local fare and live music at the June 1 "First Friday" event. Look for us wearing the "Epic blue" tshirt and hope to see you there!  

Finally Friday

5:30 AM EDT 5/25/12 (Forecaster Mike N._) Although the holiday weekend ahead is straight ahead, and many folks are looking to take a break, the weather sure won't be.  We're expecting a pretty wild weekend coming around the country with quite a variety of weather from coast to coast. Here's our regional roundup.

Severe Threat - The threat for some severe weather around the country will be diminished on Friday when compared to earlier this week. There will be a large area of isolated thunderstorms stretching across portions of the Ohio Valley and the Mid-Atlantic as well as into portions of the Midwest. Storms will not be very widespread but are possible across a large area of the country. Areas we need to watch include areas including  Three Rivers of Pittsburgh, Metro Chicago and Southeast Wisconsin, where scattered thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon. 

Hot Hot Hot in the South - Gulf moisture is flooding the southeast, and lots of sunshine will heat up the south from Texas to Florida significantly on Friday! Highs could be in the 90s across a large portion of the south, including the Southern Georgia Zone with plentiful 80s as well stretching up towards the Great Lakes. 90s will try to leak up the Mississippi River and stretch into the Ohio River Valley, with high humidity levels making it feel even warmer. 

Wild out West - We have two completely different stories in the northwest/southwest heading into our Friday. Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings have been issued for portions of Montana as a cold storm may actually bring in some (very) late season snowfall to the regions! In the southwest, gusty winds, extremely low humidity, and warm temperatures will make for another critical fire risk across the region, including states such as Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, and western Texas. 

Tropical UpdateOur Tropical Team reports that yet another system is brewing off the Southeast coast before the start of hurricane season? It is a possibility that we see the second tropical system before hurricane season even starts. The NHC has given an area of low pressure over the Bahamas a 60% of development over the next 48 hours. The Tropical Team will be keeping a very close eye on this because of its proximity to the United States coastline. Have a wonderful Friday!

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