Sunday, June 3, 2012

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Congrats To Our Grads

7:30 AM 6/3/12 (Forecasters Mike & Mr, Foot) - There will be a lot of unsettled weather around the country, but nothing is expected to be exceptionally strong or severe. While we have a brief respite across the U.S., we wish to pause and recognize this milestone of our many graduating students forecasters, as well as those readers who are also graduating. 

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Troughy Days Ahead - We really felt a difference today compared to the last few across the east with a deep trough starting to set in. A major pattern change has set in, and below average temperatures will be dominating much of the east for the next week. On Sunday, there will be a large area of showers and possibly thunderstorms extending across the Great Lakes and the east, affecting regions like the Foot's Forecast | Three Rivers zone. This will be no where close to the caliber of the storms on Friday, but still something to keep an eye on. 

Cooler and Sunny Southeast - From Florida to Virginia, sunshine will dominate the southeast coast on Sunday, and at least north of South Georgia, it will be a cooler day. For example, the Foot's Forecast | Charlotte & The Metrolina zone will be seeing highs generally in the lower 80s, a rather comfortable day for early June! 

Stormy and Hot in the Plains - There will be no shortage of heat in the Plains from the Foot's Forecast | Central Colorado zone to theFoot's Forecast | Central Mississippi zone. There will be widespread highs in the 90s or even some isolated 100s, with humidity levels building. There is also a slight risk for some severe thunderstorms across portions Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. 

Not as Baking in the West - With highs "only" around 102º in Las Vegas, we will have some very very slight relief from the oppressive heat. Still, much of the desert southwest will be quite the oven once again heading into our Sunday. 
Stay tuned for the latest and have a wonderful Sunday!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

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Sunshine for a Saturday

10:55 AM 6/2/12 (Forecaster Mike) - A Very Welcome Calm Saturday! Friday was just wild across the Mid-Atlantic, with very strong thunderstorms and many potential but unconfirmed reports of tornadoes. Thankfully, Saturday will start out the weekend on a much calmer note. 

Saturday's Severe Threat - This threat is not expected to be as significant as the severe weather outbreak across the east coast Friday. Still, areas like North Texas and Western Oklahoma may need to be on the lookout for some storms popping up. This region and surrounding areas will also be very hot and humid again heading into our Saturday. 

Clearing in the East - The Cold front is on its way out now, but is still dropping very heavy rain on much of the east coast. As we head into Saturday, a much more stable air mass will set in to regions that saw significant severe weather on Friday, like the Foot's ForecastCentral Maryland region and the Foot's Forecast: The Capital Region. Those zones as well as surrounding zones will also see a significant drop in temperatures, with highs across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast in the 60s in 70s! 

Unsettled Lakes - A deep trough is starting to dig across this portion of the country, and the low pressure system that bulldozed the storms through the country the last few days will be throwing some moisture to the backside. Areas like the Foot's Forecast | Northeast Ohio zone will have to watch for some scattered showers throughout the day, with cooler temperatures dominating as well.

Hot SW Again! - While it will still be baking out there, some areas may be slightly cooler than Thursday and Friday. For our Saturday, Excessive Heat Warnings are in effect for S Nevada, SE California, and SW Arizona, because of highs expected around 105º in Las Vegas for example! 

Unsettled West - Areas like the Foot's Forecast | Seattle & The Sound zone will have to be on the look out for some scattered showers, wich may extend throughout the Pacific Northwest. The good news though is that no significant severe weather is anticipated int his aera. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, June 1, 2012

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"June is busting out all over!"
- From the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "State Fair" 

Photo credit: Instagram user bdwy27 from June 1 2012
in Sterling, Virginia
7:30 AM EDT 6/1/12 (The Maryland Team) - June will indeed be busting out all over the Mid-Atlantic region today and tonight, as a severe weather outbreak is likely in that area. The following overview is from our Mid-Atlantic Severe Weather Team. A link to the NOAA Storm Prediction Center imagery for Wind & Tornado Threat: (

NOAA Storm Prediction Center graphic shows a moderate risk
of tornadoes in the Mid-Atlantic today

  • TODAY: Scattered showers and thunderstorms may develop during the afternoon hours over the region. These storms will have the potential to produce high winds, large hail, and tornadoes associated with a strong cold front marching eastward across the Ohio Valley early in the day to the Mid Atlantic by this evening.

  • TONIGHT: One or more significant squall lines should reach the Philadelphia/Baltimore/Washington, D.C. metro areas by mid to late evening. There is increasing potential for powerful winds with this second round of storms. Hail and isolated tornadoes will remain a possibility. Heavy downpours are a certainty with these strong to severe storms, and flash flooding cannot be ruled out. 
MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION: Any public events planned for late this afternoon or early evening are strongly advised to consider alternate indoor plans, as this severe weather outbreak will be a high risk event. Remain alert to changing conditions and seek shelter immediately if you sense a storm is approaching your area. For official watches and warnings, please monitor the latest statements from your nearest NWS forecast office or the NOAA Storm Prediction Center.