Remaining hot and dry in the Central Plains today. Not much additional rain expected throughout the next couple of days and that could lead an entry in the record books for some cities in Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas.
US National Weather Service Omaha/Valley Nebraska: “If we don’t get any more rain in the month of July, this would be the driest July on record at Norfolk (0″ of rain this month!) and tied for the driest month ever (with 8 other months). It also would be the driest July ever at Omaha (0.01″ of rain this month) and tied for sixth driest month ever (with one other month). In Lincoln, it would be the second driest July ever (0.31″ of rain this month).”
Still Hot (And Getting Warmer!)
Perhaps a record breaking high? At least one meteorologist in the Little Rock, AR area thinks that might be possible.
And another tweet from the NWS in Tulsa:
“Tulsa’s overnight low of 86 this morning was the second warmest ever for July and ties several other days for second warmest ever!”
Highs today around the region:
Still extremely warm on Monday. Highs tomorrow:
Longer term outlooks indicate that temperatures will continue to remain warmer than average. Orange indicates probability of average temperatures.
Not much hope for wet weather either throughout the next few weeks. Outlooks indicates probability of rain above or below average amounts of precipitation throughout the next 2 weeks. Brown indicates below average rainfall. While the South Central US stays dry, excess rain possible in the Mid Atlantic region.
On average there are more heat related deaths each year in the United States then combination of deaths relating to floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and lightening. So it is definitely a situation that should be taken seriously. Consider these suggestions for the National Weather Service in Norman, OK:
An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued by the NWS:
"SEVERAL DAYS OF DANGEROUSLY HOT WEATHER IS EXPECTED ACROSS EASTERN OKLAHOMA AND WEST CENTRAL ARKANSAS. DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL RANGE FROM 105 TO 113 DEGREES THROUGH THURSDAY WITH OVERNIGHT LOWS ONLY DROPPING INTO THE UPPER 70S IN MOST AREAS. MORE URBANIZED LOCATIONS SUCH AS TULSA AND FORT SMITH WILL SEE OVERNIGHT LOWS IN THE LOWER TO MID 80S EACH NIGHT."
After several days of storms along the East Coast including heavy rain and wind damage, the severe threat for today is shifting to the Northern Plains. Also there is a severe chance from Cedar Rapids, IA down to the St. Louis area.
Watching for tornadoes, hail and strong wind gusts within the slight risk areas for today.
Enjoy your Sunday!
Meteorologist Gretchen Mishek