Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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Celebrating calm weather 
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8:00 AM EDT 4/17/12 (Forecaster Mike N.) Just like Tuesday, Wednesday will not be very active around the country! The National Advisory map is close to blank. We have some frost and freeze warnings for Wednesday morning around the Lakes, and a slight fire danger in New Mexico, but even despite numerous storms around the country, none are really able to get too strong! 

The storm in the SE will bring some welcome rain to drought areas, but it will not be enough for many places. Another storm will bring some scattered showers and thunderstorms in the Northern Plains, but again, nothing very significant. The last storm will of course be in the Pacific Northwest, including the Foot's Forecast | Seattle & The Sound zone in Facebook. While scattered showers will be likely over a wide swath of land, this will again not be as strong as past storms. 

As far as temperatures go around the country, the warmth has receded a lot, but mild conditions will still be prevalent across a portion of the middle of the country.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

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More Tranquil for Tax Day 

7:15 AM EDT 4/17/12 (Forecaster Mike N.) It's definitely not safe to say we will be "totally tranquil" on Tuesday, but the good news is that things are quieting down after the active weekend and Monday's severe weather events. Calmer conditions are also a welcome sigh of relief for those who were sweating bullets in the past couple days squeezing out every last deduction on their federal tax returns, which were due at midnight this morning. We hope you can celebrate in the sunshine!  

Today's regional roundup features our Charlotte & Metrolina zone in Facebook along the border of North Carolina and South Carolina operated by Forecaster Christy R. 

Any help for drought-stricken areas? 

NOAA Precipitation projection through Wednesday PM

Mid-Atlantic The cold front that brought the weekend tornado outbreak to the Plains has really fizzled as it ran into a high pressure sitting off the East coast. As a result, the areas near the Atlantic Coast looking for decent rain will have to wait until a redeveloping low along the front moves toward the area by Wednesday.

Southeast Fortunately for the drought areas of the southeast though, the southern end of the front is still intact, which will bring some scattered showers and potentially strong thunderstorms to areas that need the rain. The Metrolina zone is one of the areas dealing with a Moderate Drought, and could see some scattered thunderstorms passing by on Tuesday. 

Northern Plains The other potential area for storms is in the Northern Plains with a weak storm sneaking out of the Pacific Northwest. This storm will race across the northern flank of the country, but could bring showers or even a thunderstorms for those regions. The Plains will be able to get warmer than Monday, and on the other hand, the areas in the east that roasted on Monday will get a break on Tuesday behind the cold front. 

Best wishes for a pleasant day of recovery from taxes!

Monday, April 16, 2012

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Good News And Bad News

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8:25 AM EDT 4/16/12 (Forecaster Mike N.) Since it is Monday, lets just get the bad over with first:
  • There will be another threat for severe weather in portions of the nation on Monday, but at least it will not be as extreme as Saturday or Sunday.
  • Some runners at the Boston Marathon may have to sit out this race due to the excessive heat potential today, with highs in area expected to touch 90 F. Race officials issued a heat warning today about the conditions that may pose risks to less experienced runners.
Today's featured zone in Facebook is our Foot's Forecast | Three Rivers due to   the thunderstorm risk on Monday. The Severe Storm Center is also posting updates and reports on the severe weather threats in other parts of the country every few hours prior to and during high impact events. 

Above is shown primary locations where severe weather risks are highest for today. This is further east from where the risk was on Sunday as the cold front and storm system make their way across the country. This storm will run into a strong high pressure off the East Coast, and weaken. Unfortunately, most of the precipitation should dissipate before it would have reached areas along the coast that really need increased rainfall.

The Good News? For those whom like it hot, you're getting the classic summer preview today, for it will be just plain hot out ahead of the cold front. A huge swath of highs in the 80s can be expected for areas extending from New Orleans to New England! Behind the front, we will get very windy in the Plains and Great Lakes regions with cool temperatures dominating. 

In the western US, a new storm will bring in some wet weather, but it will be again into the Pacific Northwest, where the rain is not needed, rather than Southern California and the rest of the SW which may be dealing with a worsening drought by the summer.