It certainly has been a year of extremes in the world of weather. Tornado droughts transitioning to daily outbreaks. Last year’s intense central Plains and Midwest to Ohio Valley drought, contrasted to this year’s vast quantities of flooding. It’s really quite amazing, and a large portion of why people like me become meteorologists!
Look at this picture out of South Carolina:
Thanks to the remnants of Andrea, many places have been seeing extraordinary amounts of rainfall. Flash flood watches, and just flood watches in general, are stretching from northern Georgia all the way to Maine – with most places needing fairly low amounts of rain to achieve flooding and flash flooding.
Rainfall totals are looking rather impressive, as well:
Notice all of the yellows and reds from Florida up the coast toward the Boston area. Those are regions of 2-3 inches of rain on the low end, to upwards of 6″+ rainfall on the high end. Impressive, huh? The bad part is that there is more rain for today – and flash flood guidance is showing a fairly light amount of rainfall needed for flooding on already saturated land.
See those red shaded counties? There are a few of them in northern Kentucky, as well as near New York City. Those regions only need 0.8″ or slightly more in a THREE HOUR span to get flash flooding. That is quite easily attainable. In fact, we already saw a ground stop at LaGuardia earlier today.
Heat is the other big story of the day – and really the week. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a heat-related story to talk about that didn’t only involve the Southwest (although big chunks of triple-digit heat have been located over the Southwest for over a week now, so we can’t ignore them).
Triple-digit heat is headed into the central Plains for the next couple of days, however, along with 80s and 90s to places that haven’t seen them in a while. Take a look at this map:
Notice average highs for western Kansas and eastern Colorado in the lower to middle 80s.
Now, look at THIS image:
105 degrees for highs? Yeah… not MY type of temperature. Feel free to tell me (@ashaffeWNTV via Twitter) what you do to “beat the heat.”
Here is a video of what I do:
If you live in Minneapolis or nearby, feel free to come say hello if you see me out there ever!
Stay tuned this week, for more updates on heat and storms on the horizon!
WeatherNation Meteorologist Aaron Shaffer @ashafferWNTV