Severe Potential, More Heat and a Tropical Update
Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
Hello and happy Tuesday everyone, hope all is well as we continue through the middle part of June. We are just about as close to summer as you can get at any point during the year here in the northern hemisphere… so how does it feel? Many spots around the nation have been running with above normal temperatures for several days and even months. In fact, the Lower 48 just had their 2nd warmest May on record and THE warmest Meteorological Spring on record (March-May) running 2.0F above the long term average (1901-2000).
Here are the high temperatures yesterday, note the extreme heat across west Texas. Midland, TX had a record high of 107F for Monday’s date! Below are the record high temperatures recorded within the last week (over 200).
Highs From Normal Today
Other than some of the extreme heat across parts of Texas and the Southwest, the extreme heat has been suppressed a bit and will be through midweek. A bigger blob of cooler air has made its way into the Upper Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes region, which will be a nice reprieve from the hot and sticky stuff that we had last weekend and what is expected to bubble back by this upcoming weekend.
By the end of the week/weekend, another blog of heat and humidity will bubble back north. Temps by Saturday/Sunday will be almost 10° to 15° degrees above average.
The High Park Fire is approximately 15 miles west of Fort Collins and burned an estimated 43,433 acres and continues to grow. Weather Tuesday is expected to be warmer and drier with winds out of the southwest and gusts up to 18 mph. You can get the latest updates from InciWeb.
The High Park Fire grew 6,400 acres on Monday. Officials said they believe the fire is 5 percent contained. They are hoping for 10 percent containment by Tuesday evening.
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Look at all the storm reports from the past couple of days, note all the yellow dots, which indicate strong wind gusts. There were several reports of wind damage and power outages from the Lower Mississippi Valley to the Gulf Coast States.
Severe Threat Today
The Storm Prediction Center out of Normal Oklahoma has issued a SLIGHT RISK of severe weather from near New Orleans, LA to the Front Range of the Rockies (shaded in yellow). Hail, high winds will be the primary threat today, but isolated tornadoes can’t be ruled out in the Panhandle of Texas.
After a fairly active start to the hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center not quite as busy tracking tropical cyclones. There are, however, a couple of waves in the Eastern Pacific that they have their eye on… See HERE for more:
“NO ATLANTIC – No tropical cyclones expected in the next 48 hours. However, we’re keeping an eye on 2 tropical waves:
1) Located in the Atlantic, from 15N 34W to 7N 35 W, its moving west around 20 knots. There’s no associated deep convection here.
2) Located in the Caribbean Sea, the northern portion of this wave broke off and is now a surface trough (elongated area) of low pressures northeast of the Leeward Islands. There’s no associated deep convection here either.”
Thanks for checking in on this Tuesday, have a great rest of your week!
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