Yet another hot and muggy day in store for us today, with highs reaching the low to mid 90s this afternoon, and the heat index hovering around 100 degrees:
Those are the “before and in between the storms” temperatures. We’re likely to stay dry this morning, with a few showers popping up by midday — the best chance of storms will develop this afternoon, as Futurecast shows (the RPM model here):
The HRRR model is in rough agreement:
Tomorrow’s weather will be similar, but not identical…I think the showers will start popping up just a little bit earlier, which means temperatures will be just a couple of degrees lower:
You have slightly better odds of seeing a storm in your neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, and the storm chances should linger even past sunset:
The best chance of widespread and stronger storms will arrive on Thursday. I don’t really trust the model-generated radar simulations that far in advance, but this sequence at least gives you a sense of the overall pattern:
The upper levels of the atmosphere will be more favorably set up for “organized” storms on Thursday — it’s far from a significant severe weather threat, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few severe storms with a damaging wind threat:
The higher rain chance equates to some long-awaited relief from the heat — highs on Thursday and Friday will only be in the 80s…but the humidity will still be substantial!
The unsettled weather pattern will continue through the weekend and into early next week — the gradual decrease in rain chances reflects the usual long-range uncertainty, rather than any large-scale shift in the overall pattern:
Your Tuesday morning nerdiness…lots of weather-related stuff today.
- We talked about this briefly on-air this morning — staying safe in the summer heat means more than just staying hydrated.
- 7 things you may not have known about heat and humidity.
- Also from the Capital Weather Gang — heat wave tips to keep you cool…or at least, not quite as hot.
- The Climate Prediction Center’s forecast for August, September and October calls for above-average temperatures across the entire country.
- The Sand Fire near Los Angeles might be a sign of things to come for that region.
- 2016 has been a year of firsts in the warming worldwide climate.
- Sky-watchers might have a tough time catching a glimpse in between the rain clouds, but keep an eye out for meteors this week.
- A weird rock on Mars might be proof of an ancient oxygen-rich atmosphere.
- Does “brain training” actually help you stay sharp into your senior years?
- Why do people hate the sound of their own voices?
- Wearing uncomfortable and/or funny-looking glasses might soon be a thing of the past for 3-D movies.