Sunday, June 24, 2012


11:00 AM EDT 6/24/12 (Forecaster Mike) – We have a little bit of everything around the country this Sunday! From severe storms, to tropical systems, to extreme heat, every type of Wild Summer Weather is taking place somewhere around the country today. 

DEBBY’S DOWNPOURS – Tropical Storm Debby has officially formed in the Gulf of Mexico, and is posing a difficult challenge for the The Tropical Zone Team. As of 8 AM EDT, Debby is packing winds of 60 mph as it moves to the north at 2 mph. TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS are in effect for portions of the Gulf coast along SW Louisiana, as well as southern Alabama, and western Florida. However, a major threat includes the flooding rains prevalent as the outer bands batter the coast. The Florida Panhandle zone is on high alert for heavy downpours and isolated severe weather. With Debby exact track still uncertain, the entire Gulf Coast should stay tuned both here and too the Tropical Team in the coming days as Debby makes her intentions clear! 

NHC outlook for Debby's Track and Watches/Warnings

COLD FRONT ROUND 2 – One region of concern on Sunday is the Northeast Ohio zone where storms are possible on Sunday, especially late. We already had the heat wave abated by a cold front smashing through on Thursday and Friday through the Ohio Valley and East. However, a secondary front is now on its way through, adding some threats of severe weather across the region. The main threats are strong gusty winds and hail possible. Additionally, after this cold front passes through, the eastern instability will really be shut down early on during the new week. 

OVEN OF THE PLAINS – The heat is on full blast in the central Plains this Sunday. We are looking at highs in the 100s to be prevalent across a huge portion of the area west of the Mississippi, with the Kansas City Metro zone likely hitting near 100º! HEAT ADVISORIES are in effect across the state of Kansas, where we could even see some areas surpass 110º. Combined with the high humidity, it will really be a day to use extra caution when out in the heat. Remember to stay hydrated and avoid prolonged exposure to the heat. 

The High-Resolution NAM model outlook for Sunday evening

WESTERN FIRES – The wildfire threat returns across the west once again. On Sunday, we will be looking at portions of Nevada and western Utah as the areas of primary threat for wildfires to develop. With dry air in place, low humidity, and some wind, we do need to keep a close eye on this region. 

Stay tuned for the latest and have a great Sunday!

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