Archive for July 4, 2011

THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY CONTINUE FOR THE 4TH OF JULY… FORECASTERS ARE STILL SAYING THAT THERE IS A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS LATE IN THE AFTERNOON AND THIS EVENING… WITH A WEAK FRONTAL BOUNDARY NEARBY, THE CHANCE OF STORMS CONTINUES INTO THE WORK WEEK

The 4th of July will feature a continuation of the heat and humidity that we saw on Sunday. The frontal boundary, although weak and diffuse is well to our north. Forecasters had originally thought that this frontal boundary would be closer to us by now, and that is why we did not see the storms on Sunday that was originally predicted. Some areas did see a storm or two but they were mostly in our northern areas. With a shortwave heading into the area later today and this evening, forecasters are still predicting that we will see some thunderstorm activity and severe weather is possible in a few spots. Hopefully, the storms don’t impact the fireworks and various festivities planned for tonight but if you are going to see the fireworks, make sure you monitor your local forecast. The forecast for the next few days includes a chance of a shower/storm on each day as we will continue to deal with the frontal boundary and various disturbances coming through the area. Remember what I said in an earlier post… When you have this much heat and humidity around, you don’t need much of a trigger to produce a thunderstorm. However, instability is required in order to have thunderstorms. If the atmosphere is capped, thunderstorms will not develop. Capped means that temperatures in the upper atmosphere are warm which creates a stable atmosphere. So the bottom line is that we will see another hot and humid day with an increasing chance of storms later today or at night. I don’t think that everyone will see rain but it is possible. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday and thanks for reading.

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