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Storms to Soak St. Louis

Slow-moving thunderstorms will bring the potential for heavy rainfall and flash flooding overnight and into the morning hours of Sunday across the Mid-Mississippi River Valley.  The city of St. Louis and surrounding communities on both sides of the river---in Missouri and Illinois---should brace for the possibility of inclement weather. These thunderstorms will generally move in…

8 Aug 2020, 8:08 pm

Weekend Severe Threat in the Plains

Severe storms have returned to the Plains and more are possible this weekend. A mid-level trough, which is a wave of jet stream energy, is moving out of the Pacific Northwest and into the Northern Rockies. This system will aid in the development of severe storms. On Friday, there were reports of heavy rainfall and…

8 Aug 2020, 10:45 am

Apple Fire Burns with Heightened Fire Danger in the West

As is typical in the late summer and early fall, elevated fire weather conditions continue across the West. Red Flag Warnings remain in effect in Idaho and Wyoming. In California, the Apple Fire in Riverside County has burned over 30,000 acres since last week, forcing evacuations in San Bernardino County. It is 30% contained and…

8 Aug 2020, 5:15 am

Isaias Tornado Reports Continue To Come In

Meteorologists are at the scene, viewing damage left behind from Isaias earlier this week. Tornado reports continue to come in after the teams of meteorologists determine 1) if it was a tornado and 2) how strong the winds may have been. An eye-opening tornado report was released Friday afternoon for damage in Pennsylvania: National Weather…

7 Aug 2020, 8:30 pm

La Niña a Big Factor in Hurricane Season Forecast

In Early 2020, an El Nino pattern dominated in the tropical Pacific Ocean. This is associated with very warm Pacific waters, heat transport, and increased wind shear that spreads into the Caribbean. This traditionally suppresses tropical development. But since March, strong easterly winds, called Trade Winds have pushed the warm ocean waters to the west.…

7 Aug 2020, 8:00 pm

Flash Flooding and Severe Storms Target the Mid-Atlantic

Isaias may be gone, but soils across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic are still saturated from the heavy rain the tropical cyclone brought to the region earlier this week. Over the last several days, some area have seen more than 8" of rain. With additional thunderstorms in the forecast that may produce heavy rain rates, flash…

7 Aug 2020, 7:45 pm

NOAA Increases Hurricane Season Forecast

On Thursday morning, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released an updated outlook for the 2020 hurricane season. In combination with scientists at the Climate Prediction Center and the National Hurricane Center, they have increased the outlook for this year to an "extremely active" season for number of tropical cyclones. Compared to an "average"…

6 Aug 2020, 8:45 pm

Hot Temperatures Continue in the Southwest and Southern Plains

Widespread heat was found throughout the West last week and it continues to encompass the Southwest and southern Plains this week. This summer has been very hot especially in Arizona, where Phoenix has seen high temperatures above 110 degrees already 30+ days this year. The huge heat wave has been created by a big…

6 Aug 2020, 6:00 am

CSU Releases Updated Atlantic Season Outlook

Meteorologists and research scientists at Colorado State University (CSU) released a second update to their well-respected hurricane season outlook. Dr. Phil Klotzbach and the Tropical Meteorology Project at CSU were among the first to issue an outlook in April, with a previous update in early June. The season was forecast to be above average and is living…

5 Aug 2020, 8:30 pm