Daily Update

July 21st Update

A cold front has already begun to impact our region this morning, bringing an increase in cloud coverage overhead. This front will help to develop some showers and thunderstorms across the region today as well. A widespread event, however, isn’t expected and the severe threat looks to be marginal if any. Nevertheless, a few storms that develop could definitely produce gusty winds and heavy rains, so please be aware of that this afternoon and evening. Even though we will be under cloudy skies for most of the day, temperatures will still climb upwards into the upper 80s to mid 90s by the end of the day. Be sure to stay well hydrated today if you must be outside for long periods of time. Showers and storms will continue into the evening hours tonight before diminishing early Wednesday morning. Skies will also gradually clear out as we progress through the overnight hours, as the front begins to move out of our region. Look for low temperatures to hover in the mid 60s to lower 70s across the state tonight as well.

HRRR output for today through tomorrow morning. (NOAA)
HRRR output for today through tomorrow morning. (NOAA)

If you haven’t been a fan of the hot weather we have been seeing recently, I have some good news for you. An area of high pressure will begin to build into the region late tonight and into the beginning of our Wednesday behind the front’s passage. This system will deliver some cool, dry air to the region and looks as if it will stick around through at least the end of the work week. Combine cooler temperatures with a limited chance for precipitation, and the next few days should be quite nice for any outdoor activities you may have planned. Highs tomorrow will top out in the lower to upper 80s, as abundant sunshine returns to the region. You will definitely want to take advantage of the pleasant conditions while you can. Expect partly cloudy conditions and lows bottoming out in the upper 50s to mid 60s Wednesday evening.

NAM temperature output showing cooler air moving into the region tomorrow morning. (Simuawips)
NAM temperature output showing cooler air moving into the region tomorrow morning. (Simuawips)

Thursday will bring more of the same to our area, with sunny skies and highs in the mid to upper 80s being the dominating weather features. A few general, pop-up showers and storms can’t be ruled out during the afternoon hours, but they will be mostly of the hit-or-miss variety. Low temperatures will drop down into the lower to upper 60s Thursday night underneath partly cloudy skies.

This trend will continue through the end of the work week and into the beginning of the upcoming weekend. Daytime temperatures will get warmer as we progress through the rest of the week, but our rain chances still look pretty low at the moment. A disturbance will begin to move through the region on Sunday, marking the return of precipitation and cloud coverage heading into the early portions of next week.

I am heading out on vacation tomorrow, so this will be my last update for the next week and a half or so. I’ll still try to keep things going on my Twitter page though, so if you have any questions, let me know over there. Thanks for tuning in as always and be sure to enjoy the nice weather while you can!

-N

Daily Update

July 20th Update

The Storm Prediction Center currently has a good portion of the state underneath a marginal risk for severe weather today. While you’ll certainly want to keep an eye on the radar to be on the safe side, model outputs this morning suggest a very isolated nature to any precipitation that decides to pop up today. Just keep that in mind for any commutes you may have today. Other than the chance for a few showers and storms, today will again be marked by a good deal of sunshine and hot temperatures. Look for highs to reach upwards into the mid 80s to mid 90s by the end of the day. Please be sure to stay hydrated and take several breaks within air conditioned spaces if you must be outside for prolonged periods today. A few more clouds will stream into the area tonight, as lows drop down into the upper 60s to mid 70s. We also can’t rule out the possibility for a few more scattered rain showers and thunderstorms to move through the area this evening as well.

Storm Prediction Center's severe weather outlook for today. (NWS, SPC)
Storm Prediction Center’s severe weather outlook for today. (NWS, SPC)

A cold front will begin impacting the region tomorrow. This front will increase our cloud coverage throughout the day, as well as give us a slightly better chance at some showers and thunderstorms. While again a widespread event doesn’t look to be the case at the moment, it will probably be a good idea to keep that umbrella or rain jacket nearby just in case. Highs tomorrow will make their way into the upper 80s to mid 90s by the end of the day as well. Showers and storms continue Tuesday evening, before gradually dying off early Wednesday morning. Cloud coverage will remain thick, as low temperatures hover in the upper 60s to mid 70s once more.

Frontal positions chart for tomorrow evening showing high pressure building into the area behind the front's passage. (NOAA, WPC)
Frontal positions chart for tomorrow evening showing high pressure building into the area behind the front’s passage. (NOAA, WPC)

We will finally begin to see some relief from all of the hot weather we have seen recently on Wednesday. An area of high pressure is expected to slide in behind the front’s passage, bringing with it some cool, dry air to the region. This high will also limit any precipitation development and will stick around through at least the end of the work week. This means if you have any outdoor activities planned, the back end of the week definitely looks good for them. Highs on Wednesday will top out in the lower to upper 80s under mostly sunny skies. Get out and enjoy the pleasant conditions while you can!

-N

Weekend Update

July 17th – 19th Update

Be on the lookout for a few more clouds to stream into the region this evening, as low temperatures drop down into the upper 60s to mid 70s. While definitely not a widespread event, also don’t be surprised to see a stray rain shower or thunderstorm this evening as well.

An area of high pressure will dominate the region over the next couple of days, leading to some very warm temperatures during the daytime hours. Highs for our Saturday will soar upwards into the upper 80s to mid 90s by the end of the day. If you must be outdoors, please be sure to drink plenty of water and take numerous breaks indoors to beat the heat. A few pop-up showers and storms due to general daytime heating will also be a possibility, so keep that umbrella or rain jacket nearby just to be on the safe side. Low temperatures Saturday evening will hover in the mid 60s to lower 70s underneath partly cloudy skies. Any lingering precipitation will also begin to diminish as the evening progresses as well.

NAM output for temperatures Sunday afternoon. Yes, it will be very hot. (Simuawips)
NAM output for temperatures Sunday afternoon. Yes, it’s going to be hot… (Simuawips)

Sunday will bring more of the same to region, as highs continue to climb upwards into the upper 80s to around the 100 degree mark in the eastern portions of the state. Precautions against the heat will definitely be needed again, so please keep that in mind for any outdoor activities you may have planned. Sunshine will again be the dominating feature, but we should be on the lookout for a few isolated showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon hours once more. Cloud coverage will increase across the area Sunday evening, as lows in the upper 60s to mid 70s and yet another possibility of an isolated shower or storm remain a part of the forecast.

A cold front will begin to impact our area on Monday. This front should help to provide some relief to the heat we will see over the weekend, but at the expense of increasing cloud coverage and our chances for rain. I’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available, but as of now the beginning of the workweek certainly looks to be a little wet.

-N

Photo Fridays

I Want to See Your Pictures!

Hey everyone! Weather is one of the few things that impacts each of us every single day. We all certainly perceive the stuff that happens over our heads in our own unique way. That’s why I want to see your photos! I am interested to see the different perspectives you all have about the world of weather around you. I would love to get your photos onto the blog, and want to feature them every Friday in the new Photo Fridays segment. While the photos are certainly the focus here, if you have any stories about how the photo was captured or what was happening when you took the picture, please share that too! Tell me what the photo means to you! I’ll choose the best ones to be apart of the featured images on the blog’s home page.

You can send your photos to me through Twitter or through an email (check out the About page if you have any questions). I can’t wait to see what you all have captured and look forward to sharing them with others! Thanks so much!

-N

Daily Update

July 16th Update

Cloud coverage should continue to break up as we progress through the day. As skies clear out this afternoon, look for high temperatures to move upwards into the lower to mid 80s. A high pressure system to our area’s north is still firmly in control of our region, meaning the chance for rain today will be rather low. Nevertheless, keep an umbrella or rain jacket nearby if you plan on being outside today in case a stray shower or storm does decide to pop up. A few more clouds will stream into the area this evening (especially in the mountainous areas of the state, where some fog development will also be possible), as low temperatures drop down into the mid 60s to lower 70s.

Surface analysis showing high pressure in control of our region. (NOAA, WPC)
Surface analysis showing high pressure in control of our region. (NOAA, WPC)

Friday will spell out more of the same for our region, where sunshine will again be the dominating weather feature. A few stray showers and isolated storms also can’t be ruled out. Highs will edge a little higher than what we will see today, making their way into the mid to upper 80s by the end of the day. All things considered it should be a great day to get outdoors. Look for another slight chance of a shower or storm tomorrow evening, as lows bottom out in the mid 60s to lower 70s once again.

Our chances for afternoon showers and thunderstorms will increase slightly for our Saturday, but otherwise it will be another day marked by partly sunny skies and high temperatures continuing to climb upwards into the upper 80s to lower 90s. Be sure to drink plenty of water and apply sunscreen if you will be outdoors for extended periods on Saturday. Partly cloudy conditions, a stray shower or storm, and lows hovering in the upper 60s to mid 70s will be the story for the region Saturday night. Things will begin to shift in the atmosphere overhead as we progress through the day Sunday. We can expect to see some warmer temperatures ahead of a potentially stormy start to the work week.

-N