Monday, June 18, 2012

“Against the Wind” 
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band

6:30 AM 6/18/12 (Forecaster Mike) – Monday will be a bit of a last hold-out day of the old pattern for many areas, but major changes are coming in the next few days, especially in the east. Monday will begin some of these changes, but by Wednesday, the cool weather in the east will be a distant memory. Soon, the weather pattern will both literally and figuratively be going “against the wind” as SW winds overwhelm the NE winds holding out on Monday. 

Photo Credit - HPC

MONDAY BLUES – The eastern portion of the country will be a little dreary on Monday with a mostly cloudy start extending from Minnesota to Charlotte, NC and back up to Boston. Some of these places will be able to see some more sunshine late in the day, but all around sunny days will be limited. Rain will also be a concern, with scattered showers and thunderstorms possible. The Appalachians will take a threat for some rain and storms, which extends across the Three Rivers zone. Severe weather is also possible across the Great Lakes region on Monday. 

MONDAY HEAT – It may be on the cool side in the east with that trough bringing northeast winds in. For the last few days, NE winds carried in cooler, maritime air onto the east coast. However, in the Plains, we have a SW wind, which is flooding the region with exceptional warmth. High humidity levels will add to the discomfort levels in areas like the Kansas City Metro metro where highs will be spiking into the mid 90s! Besides some showers and thunderstorms in SE Texas and Louisiana, much of the middle section of the country will be hot and dry, although with dewpoints in the upper 60s or 70s for much of the region, there will be plenty of water in the air! 

"AGAINST THE WIND" - For the month of June so far, the wind has been blowing warm anomalies in the middle of the country, with cool anomalies holding in the east and in the west. As we head into the coming days though, warm anomalies will take over the east and try to cancel out the below average temperatures that have been dominant for the first 16 days of the month. 

Photo Credit - Climate Prediction Center

WITH THE WIND – The west is going against the changing theme in the east, with the same old pattern occurring again. The Northwest will be bringing the same chance for some scattered showers and thunderstorms, while the southwest will be truly baking with widespread heat. Dry air and strong winds will also create yet another wildfire threat on Monday, this time stretching across Nevada, Utah, Western Colorado, and Southern Wyoming. 

Have a great Monday and stay tuned for the latest!

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