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Summer Heat Is Here into This Weekend

July is here and we are entering the hottest period of weather across the United States. Right on cue, the temperature is rising to dangerous levels in various locations. Even typically-hot deserts in the Southwest will feel temperatures climb to 120 degrees! When we are forecasting higher-than-average temperatures during the month of July, it means…

11 Jul 2020, 8:00 am

Severe Weather Threat Continues Across the Plains and Midwest

*10:30 a.m. CDT Saturday update to reflect a severe thunderstorm watch* An enhanced risk of severe weather has been issued for today's outlook, indicating the increased likelihood of damaging thunderstorms this afternoon and into tonight. Here are the details: Severe Outlook: Enhanced Timing: Mid-to-late afternoon, into early tonight Locations: Eastern Kansas, north-central/northeast Oklahoma, western Missouri,…

11 Jul 2020, 7:00 am

Fay Landfalls In New Jersey Then Degenerates

Tropical Storm Fay has come and gone, officially becoming a post-tropical cyclone on Saturday morning. Fay was the sixth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season and made landfall along the New Jersey coastline Friday afternoon. Fay is now quickly moving to the north, away from the United States. No additional weather impacts are expected…

11 Jul 2020, 6:00 am

A La Niña Watch Has Been Issued

Unlike our traditional severe thunderstorm watches or winter storm watches which are issued for the next several hours, a La Niña Watch is issued when corresponding conditions are expected for the next several months. What are these conditions? Let's dive in! La Niña and El Niño are the cool and warm phase (respectively) for natural…

9 Jul 2020, 5:00 pm

Lake Erie Area Setting Hot Records

Folks in the Buffalo, NY area looking to cool off from the consistent heat may not be able to get the same refreshing feel in Lake Erie. Both Buffalo's air temperature and Lake Erie's water temperature are reaching heights unseen in a long time, or even ever (on record) for that matter. According to the…

9 Jul 2020, 12:55 pm

Tropical Storm Cristina in the Eastern Pacific

Tropical Storm Cristina formed in the Eastern Pacific on Monday night, becoming the third named storm in the basin so far this season. This storm is forecast to be the first Pacific hurricane of the year, with only two other tropical storms so far this season in the basin (Amanda and Boris). As of right…

9 Jul 2020, 7:30 am

Explaining Straight Line Winds

When there’s a threat for severe thunderstorms for your area, the most common danger is straight-line winds, also known as downbursts. The process starts with air rising within the strong updraft of a storm.  It then cools, condenses, and as a result tiny drops of water form. The droplets increase in size and then…

8 Jul 2020, 7:00 pm

Most Locations Will See Their Hottest Day of the Year by the End of July

From NOAA written by Caitlyn Kennedy & Rebecca Lindsey] If this year’s weather is statistically “normal,” most locations in the contiguous United States will experience their hottest day of the year between July 15-31. For another significant chunk of the country—including most of Alaska—the historical window for the hottest day of the year has already passed. This map shows the average…

8 Jul 2020, 2:00 am

June was Relatively Hot and Dry overall for U.S.

[Written by NOAA]  Hot temperatures and below-normal rainfall put June 2020 among the warmest and driest Junes in the 126-year U.S. climate record. In addition, the first half of 2020 brought 10 billion-dollar weather disasters. This makes 2020 the sixth consecutive calendar year where 10 or more billion-dollar weather events occurred — a new record, according to experts from…

8 Jul 2020, 1:35 am