Friday, August 3, 2012

Glad you came by
- Our variation of lyrics in a single by the British band The Wanted


Image by Foot's Forecast Weather Graphics Team

1:55 PM EDT 8/3/12 (Forecaster Mike) - Happy Friday everyone! From the tropics to the heat to the severe weather, there's a lot of interesting weather across the country, and even across the pond over at the Olympics! Our fusion headline, "Glad You Came By" implies that that the current weather pattern is rewarding some with situations that make certain areas glad that type of weather came on by. There is even an international twist to the headline for those who are in London enjoying the games. Check the end of our post for details on new developments for our team in Europe.
  • HEAT & STORMS: Ongoing in the Plains states but things are starting to change for the better as a cold front arrives. The bad news is that as a cold front breaks through to try to cripple the heat, we have a chance for severe storms to develop.
  • DROUGHT: Despite a severe weather risk today, that along brings some good news behind that because the regions affected are in very high stages of a drought, as nearly 80% of the lower 48 states are still in drought conditions according to the NOAA Drought Monitor. 
  • TROPICS:  After a month elapsed with no organized tropical systems in the Atlantic, and relatively few in the Pacific, we are looking at some threats once again in the tropical Atlantic. The Tropical Team is keeping a very close eye on the latest analyses and statements from the NOAA National Hurricane Center (NHC), as well as a wide range of computer models. 
  • ERNESTO: As of the 2:00 PM EDT update by the NHC, the storm has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph moving to the West at a speedy 21 mph. Ernesto does have a chance to strengthen as it churns into the Caribbean across some open water. If you have interests in the Caribbean or southern Gulf of Mexico, we recommend you monitor this developing situation with us each day.


HEAT WAVE GOING STRONG - With the heat wave still ongoing in the middle of the country,  our Kansas City zone is in the line of fire once again, but the heat there is not as dangerous as across central Oklahoma!  we may have to watch out for another day of dangerous heat on Friday. Looking at the High Resolution NAM model pictured above, we have widespread areas across the central Plains, especially in Oklahoma that may be surpassing 110ยบ. Combined with high humidity, the heat will be nearly unbearable across the region once again. 
Temps at 5 PM CDT from the High Res NAM model
SEVERE THREAT - As a cold front pulls into the Northern Plains, we are looking at a chance for severe storms to develop, fueled by the significant heat out ahead of it. While this is not the most dire drought situation across the country, people here need the rain too. The main threats are gusty winds and large hail, but we may even have to be on the lookout for some isolated tornadoes.

Image from the HPC
GO GLOBAL WITH US! Since we are currently welcoming Forecaster Aaron Taggart, a new Affiliate Forecaster from Northern Ireland, we can now take a look at what is going on across the entire world! Please visit and like his Northern Ireland Weather Forecast page for insight on weather condition in the British Isles. 




Forecaster Aaron has said that their region of the world has had a very cool and wet summer, strikingly different to what has been going on in the United States so far! There are many more exciting developments in progress with this new partnership among our U.S. and European Team - so be sure to monitor our U.S. public information page if you want to get the scoop.

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