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Storms in Central Plains, Next West Coast System

3 Jun 2012, 12:02 pm

This pup tries to cool by taking a swim in Southern Iowa! High temperatures in Des Moines were in the upper 70s but today it will be into the mid 80s.  Definitely swimming weather!  Thanks for Marlo Lundy for sharing her picture with us!

Watching for the development of severe weather once again today.  This time it’s headed into the Central Plains.  Yesterday storms broke out in Colorado including two preliminary reports of tornadoes.  Those storms moved through Oklahoma overnight and lost their punch along the way.  The latest threat area for today looks like this:

Lets head out the head out to the Pacific.  The next approaching storm system is heading towards the Central West Coast.  Expect much cooler air along with clouds and rain starting as early as tonight and continuing into next week.

A massive temperature change over the next few days.  Just a couple of days ago high temperatures in Northern California set new records.  Now with this colder air coming in, we’re faced with the possibility of mountain snow and early morning frost.

Showing the temperature swing in Northern California from today into early next week:

Not only will this system cool down Northern California, but that cool air will even spread across the rest of the region providing some relief from the recent record heat.  Already today, though, it is cooler than Friday and Saturday.

Rainfall totals up to 2 inches in the the Pacific Northwest (also notice it is STILL raining in the Maine – flooding issues there).

Map shows rainfall accumulations over the next 2 days.

Winds will be picking up in the Bay Area today and by tonight there could be gusts up to 30 mph.  The SF Giants will be taking on the Cubs at home today.  The Giants are no stranger to the windy condition when they planned at Candlestick Park many years ago.  Here is an excerpt from www.baseball-statistics.com:

“Wrigley Field has its vines, Fenway Park has the Green Monster, and the Stick had its wind.  Candlestick was legendary for its brutality.  Infielders have had their caps blown off their heads and out to the outfield fence before anybody could lift a hand.  In 1963, New York Mets Manager Casey Stengel took his squad out for batting practice, only to watch a gust of wind pick up the entire batting cage and drop it 60 feet away on the pitcher’s mound.  Fly balls were adventures – Gold Glover Willie Mays would wait for a five-count before getting a jump on fly balls.”

Photo: San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library

Although winds near the bay will be high today, the newer AT&T Park isn’t as susceptible to the effects of high wind gusts.

Have a great week!

Meteorologist Gretchen Mishek

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