Happy Astronomical Summer! Multiple Days of Storms in the Midwest
Happy First Day of Summer!
Today is the Summer Solstice and marks the first day of astronomical summer in the northern hemisphere. This is the point in the year where the earth’s axis is tilted towards the sun. Image from: www.srh.noaa.gov
We enjoy more daylight hours today across the continental 48 than any other day out of the year with the amount of daylight hours generally ranging between 14 to 16 hours. On a more depressing note, the upcoming days are only getting shorter until the winter solstice.
Strong storms ripped across the Midwest early this morning producing strong winds and heavy rain. Note the 85 mph wind gust in Benson, MN.
These strong winds caused power issues, downed trees, etc.
Pictures of the damage:
Severe threat will continue today. As the jet stream slides north, the main storm track is now moving into the Upper Midwest. Some of the same areas that dealt with the strong storms this morning will be in the threat area for the next several days. As that jet lifts north, the heat and humidity are coming along with it. Warm, moist air from the south invades the northern parts of the nation making for a very summer like weekend.
Severe Risk Today:
Severe Risk Tomorrow:
Severe Risk Sunday:
As with most of the rest of the nation, the Southwest also continues to stay warm, however, it is still very dry.
Image from Inciweb shows all of the active fires:
Weather conditions continue to make fighting these fires difficult with gusty winds and relative humidity values in the 4 to 9% range.
Most of the nation feels like summer with the exception of the Northwest. Slightly cooler than average in Seattle today but warmer up there tomorrow. Most the eastern US will stay sunny dry through the next few days.
Meteorologist Gretchen Mishek