Friday, June 22, 2012

“It’s Like Summer” 
- Song by Lux

6:30 AM 6/22/12 (Forecaster Mike) – From the summer heat to the summer storms to the summer tropics, these first few days of summer 2012 really feel like summer! In other regions of the country, it may not be hot, but with plenty of sunshine we can get right into the summer spirit without worrying about too much heat! 

Chance for severe storms with gusty winds by the SPC

MID-ATLANTIC STORMS – The Storm Prediction Center has issued a “Slight” risk zone for much of the I-95 Corridor. Areas like the Northern Bayshore zone, as well as cities like Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York all will be on the lookout Friday afternoon and evening for these storms to develop. The main threat in this situation is the heavy downpours and gusty winds as these storms come through. There is also two time frames that the Mid-Atlantic: Severe Weather team is keeping an eye on. Some scattered pop-up storms are possible early on, then we have the cold front sweeping through some more widespread storms later. 

ACTIVE JUNE TROPICS – For the month of June, the tropics are really heating up making for some exciting situations for The Tropical Zone Team to watch! We are already at the third name storm of the season, and number 4 could be just around the corner. Tropical Storm Chris is still packing winds of 50 MPH as it moves off to the NW at 14 mph. Chris is now in the process of weakening after briefly becoming the first hurricane of the season on Thursday. There is a threat closer to home though. The National Hurricane Center has given a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico a 70% chance of development in the next 48 hours. If it does become a Tropical Cyclone, Debby will be the next name! Because of the potential threat in the Gulf, on the of our Foot’s Forecast Affiliates has prepared this article outlining the risks to coastal communities like Tampa. For the full article, visit Storm Central.

An overview of the Tropics from the NHC

SUMMER SUNSHINE IN THE MIDDLE – While we still have a threat for some pop-up scattered showers and thunderstorms across western South Dakota and western Nebraska, a large portion of the middle of the country will be enjoying the weather behind the cold front! Areas like the Kansas City Metro will be enjoying plenty of sunshine with highs climbing into the upper 80s. Still, humidity levels will be much lower than they were, leaving those highs as a little more comfortable. The serious heat wave is currently hanging on for its life along the east coast, leaving widespread highs in the 70s and 80s for the middle of the country, confining the 90s to eastern Colorado, western Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and the immediate Gulf Coast States. 

DRY SUMMER IN THE WEST – There are no threats for rain in the southwest, but another storm system is coming into the northwest, bringing some precipitation to the Seattle & The Sound zone late on Friday. From Northern California to the Canada Border, there will be some threats for light rain, but nothing too serious. The lack of rain further south is of greater concern with yet another risk for wildfires on Friday. This time it primarily stretches across Nevada, Utah, S Wyoming, W Colorado, and N Arizona. 

A Rock 'n' Roll Marathon forecast from Seattle forecaster Mark Ingalls

Stay tuned right here for the latest and have a fantastic Friday!

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