“Sunday, Stormy Sunday” and Major Cool Down to Start the Work Week
Monday, July 9th, 2012
Thanks to Bobby C. for this neat lightning shot from Harlan, KY. It was a thundery Sunday, but that marked the end of the exceptional heat for the week ahead.
Sunday Storm Reports
Sunday’s storm reports were limited to the mainly the Middle Mississippi Valley east through the Ohio Valley and the northern portions of the Mid-Atlantic states. Hail and high winds were primary threat with these storms along with heavy rain.
Thunderstorm Potential Today
Thunderstorm potential today is going to be significantly higher along the stalled frontal boundary situated from the Mid-Atlantic states stretching west into the Southern Plains.
Severe Threat Today
The severe thunderstorm potential won’t necessarily be limited to the areas shaded in yellow below, but will be more likely in the areas near the Mid-Atlantic states due to a weak impulse of energy riding northeast along the stalled front. Hail and high winds would again be the primary threat again today.
Heavier Rain Potential
That slow moving front mentioned above will be responsible for a few rounds and afternoon thunder this week. The 2 day precipitation forecast from NOAA’s HPC shows concentrated rainfall along the front and down into the Lower Mississippi Valley through AM Wednesday.
Slightly Cooler North of the Front
After extremely warm and record breaking temperatures over the past couple of weeks near the Great Lakes Region, temperatures north of the stalled front today will be cooler and not as humid. The image below is the forecast high temperatures today, note the 70s and 80s in the Northeast quadrant of the U.S. and the extreme heat in the Southwest
Highs From Normal Today
Excessive Heat Wanes
The National Weather Service continues heat related watches and advisories this week, but note many fewer states/counties are included in the head headlines compared to what we had the last couple of weeks!
Latest Hot Streak Has Lake Michigan Water Temps Warmer
“The unseasonably warm weather of the past week along with the warm spring temperatures have contributed to Lake Michigan surface temperatures warming into the upper 60s to upper 70s. The below image was taken Friday morning, July 6th, by the MODIS instrument package on polar-orbiting satellite Terra or Aqua. Most of southern Lake Michigan had warmed into the 70s as indicated by the orange color”
“In contrast, below is the MODIS image taken one year ago, on July 6th, 2011. Surface temperatures were about 5 to 10 degrees cooler, mostly in the low to mid 60s.“
Active Eastern Pacific
As of AM Monday, the National Hurricane Center was issuing advisories on two hurricanes in the Eastern Pacific, Daniel and Emelia.
Eastern Pacific Hurricanes
This is what Daniel and and Emelia look like from space!
Too Close For Comfort
The image below is from the Twins vs. Rangers game on Sunday during the 4th inning when a lightning bolt struck WAY TOO CLOSE for comfort! The thunder was nearly deafening, scaring most of the players on the field!
Outfielders Denard Span and Ben Revere tweeted about the lightning strike during the rain delay.
The photo below is from Mike Shaw at Tucson Weather. Beautiful! Thanks Mike for sharing with us.
“Hummingbird enjoying a late supper tonight in Oro Valley. This restaurant has nice atmosphere :-)”
Thanks for checking in on this Monday, have a great rest of your week!
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