Saturday, July 28, 2012

LET THE GAMES BEGIN! (The real ones!)

This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

12:25 AM EDT 7/28/12 (Forecaster Mike) - All eyes are currently on London as the 2012 Summer Olympics get underway! What is your favorite event to watch? If you are looking at the weather in London for this important event, we have a Weather Widget from the Met Office in the UK. However, there is still some important stuff to keep an eye on for our side of the pond. 

STORMY EAST - It's a stretch to use the word "stormy", but widely scattered storms are possible across much of the east including the Central Pennsylvania zone. While there is a relatively low risk for Severe weather, we do need to keep an eye on those areas for storms developing. Also across Central PA we will see cooling temperatures to highs in the mid to upper 80s. Much of the Northeast and Great Lakes region of the country will be back to near normal high temperatures this Saturday, finally pushing back against the bubble of heat that fueled strong storms on Thursday and Friday. 

Central Plains heat from the NWS

HOT IN THE MIDDLE, AGAIN - Saturday will continue what has already been one of the hottest summers in recorded history across the middle of the country! Highs will sky-rocket well above 100º across a large portion of the Plains, including the Kansas City region. Forecaster Cissy of the Kansas City Metro zone is warning of another day with highs around 100 for the city and surrounding regions. The hot spot looks to be in central Oklahoma and Kansas once again with highs nearing dangerously close to 110º. 

Unprecedented Drought from the U.S. Drought Monitor

QUIET WEST - Not much is going on west of the Rockies. We do have some MUCH needed rain coming to western New Mexico and eastern Arizona, as well as another batch possible across portions of Colorado. This is most certainly needed for many people as the nationwide drought expands. Those who have been suffering through the heat have also been suffering the worst of the drought. The "High Plains" region, which includes the Dakotas, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kansas currently has a whopping 97.68% of the region in a drought! 

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