Archive for June 17, 2014

A SUMMER-LIKE WEATHER PATTERN TAKES OVER BRINGING HOT AND HUMID CONDITIONS TO THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES… ISOLATED TO SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE, ESPECIALLY TOWARDS THE END OF THE WEEK

Summer arrives officially this Saturday, June 21st. High pressure taking up residence off the Southeast Coast will produce a southwesterly flow and it will feel like summer this entire week. The wind blows clockwise around areas of high pressures in the northern hemisphere. Dew points hovering around the 70 degree mark will make it feel uncomfortable for most of us. (See my Weather Fact entitled “What is the Dew Point and Why is it so Important?”). With all the heat and humidity around, it won’t take much to trigger a thunderstorm, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. An isolated thunderstorm is possible each day, but odds are, you will not see rain until we get closer to the end of the week. At that time, a backdoor cold front should be approaching and instability is expected to increase. The NWS has stated that there is some uncertainty with the extended forecast as they aren’t sure how much progress the front will make. If the front doesn’t make it this far south, we will be stuck in this hot and humid weather pattern for quite a while. Keep in mind that any thunderstorm that develops can be quite strong and even severe… Did you see the video from Nebraska of the twin tornadoes? That was absolutely incredible footage. Unfortunately, those tornadoes did major damage and were deadly… Regarding the tropics,┬áthe Atlantic Basin is quiet so no worries about tropical cyclones just yet. It’s still very early so this is quite normal. Once we get to late July and early August, hurricane season usually starts to ramp up. However, an early season storm sometimes occurs depending on the weather pattern. That’s it for now. Please be careful if you are working outdoors and make sure you take breaks and drink lots of fluids. Have a great day!

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