Friday, June 15, 2012

Getting Red Hot For The Blue Angels

The Blue Angels in flight - Photo Credit: Mr. James Bury
6:30 AM 6/15/12 (Forecaster Mike) – Friday will be a beautiful day for much of the country, but especially so in the Mid-Atlantic region! The “Sailabration” continues in the Baltimore Inner Harbor on Friday, and anyone visiting can look forward to downright beautiful weather conditions! Sunny skies will dominate much of the east coast, with highs in Baltimore in the lower 80s. 70s and 80s will extend throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, with light NE winds increasing closer to the ocean. 




WET GULF COASTRainfall will be present on the immediate Gulf Coast on Friday once again. Also, this threat for wet weather will extend southeastward into the Central Florida zone. Southern Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi will all see some more rain that is probably not welcome at this point. There will be a chance for showers across southwestern Georgia, one of the most severe places for the ongoing drought. However, the rain over the last week has made a dent in the drought. According to the United States Drought Monitor, the percentage of the Southeast NOT in drought conditions has increased from 33.85% last week to 42.67% this week! 

Current weather at 6:30 AM from the HPC

HOT AND SEVEREThe central Plains will have an increased risk for some severe weather, and out ahead of this threat, we have some significant heat exploding northward. Storms and heavy rain are a threat over the Kansas City Metro region on Friday, so stay tuned there for local updates. East of there, we have widespread 80s and 90s with high humidity levels bringing cities like St. Louis and Chicago into the muggy lower 90s! West of the heavy rain front, we have a risk for some pop-up thunderstorms, which may become severe. This will include zones like the Central Colorado zone, but any storms across this region, stretching northward all the way to eastern Montana and western North Dakota, will be fairly isolated and limited. 

DROUGHT WOES CONTINUEWhile the drought has been showing signs of improvement in the southeast, it is stagnating or getting stronger in the West. The good news here is that the total area covered by drought conditions is not expanding, but the areas already affected are seeing increasingly severe drought. For example the percentage of the West being affected by Severe drought or worse has expanded from 31.03% to 33.06% in the last week. Stay tuned for the latest and have a wonderful Friday! Be sure to share any pictures of the “Sailabration” with us!

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