Time posted: 2:03 am

Steamy and Stormy

Good Sunday, everybody. It’s another day of summertime temps and humidity levels as we watch more storms go up. This is sign of the early summer pattern we are in for the Memorial Day Weekend and the final week of May. A little fight is brewing for early June, though.

Storms rolled across the region last evening, putting down a ton of rain in a short amount of time and causing wind issues. That’s the calling card of any storm that goes up out there today, too.

Your Sunday storm tracking tools look a little something like this…

The setup for Memorial Day is pretty much the same with steam temps deep into the 80s and a few storms rumbling through here. That setup remains the same for the rest of next week and through the last day of May on Saturday…

Any one day may feature strong storms, but we will really need to watch the front moving in late next week. That one may be pretty active as we get set to close out June.

Just how cool is the air behind that front? That’s still up in the air, but the GFS has been showing a much cooler than normal pattern into the first week of the month…

I’m not sold on it being that cool, but the past few months certainly argue that something like that is possible.

Have a great Sunday and take care.

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Time posted: 2:30 am

A Few Strong Storms Possible

Good Saturday to one and all. Steam and some storms are on the weather menu for our Memorial Day Weekend as our pattern takes on a summer look and feel. As a matter of fact, this looks to hang tough into the final week of May before changes blow in to start Meteorological Summer on Jun 1st.

Let’s begin with today and hit the fast forward button.

Humidity levels continue to increase as temps reach the 80s for most of the state. Obviously, this will lead to an increase in the sweat factor for those outdoor activities. A few clusters of thunderstorms will move across the state, but this isn’t going to be all day stuff by any means. A few could be strong or locally severe. Here’s today’s Severe Weather Outlook from the Storm Prediction Center…

Here are your storm tracking tools for the day…

The storm threat continues into Sunday and Memorial Day, but we will also be seeing a lot of dry times. Don’t cancel anything outside, but have a backup plan to be safe. Now, any thunderstorm that goes up could be strong and put down enough rain to cause local high water issues.

For Memorial Day itself, the combination of high humidity levels and temps in the 80s could give us a heat index topping 90…

The same pattern looks to take us through the rest of the week as we get ready to close out May.

The beginning of June still looks cooler than normal, but the Ensembles are now disagreeing on how long that lasts. The GFS Ensembles…

The EURO Ensembles quicker in turning things warmer…

This is going to be an interesting battle and one that may shed some light on the summer ahead. The pattern has been skewed cooler than normal the past few months for the first time in years. The warm waters in the Gulf suggest a very warm and humid summer around here.

Have a great Saturday and take care.

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Time posted: 2:08 am

A Warm and Stormy Holiday Weekend

Good Friday, everyone. Our Memorial Day Weekend is kicking off with warm and humid air surging into the region. This will grow downright steamy into the coming days as showers and storms continue to fire back up. This pattern looks to take us through the end of the month, with changes lurking for early June.

Temps today are back into the 70s for the entire region with an 80 in the west. Humidity levels will also be up and this will aid in the development of a few showers and storms. One or two could be strong and put down locally heavy rains. Here are your Friday tracking tools…

Summer temps surge in for the rest of the Memorial Day weekend as highs reach deep into the 80s…

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Throw in high humidity levels and it’s going to feel very steamy out there. Scattered showers and storms will be going up from time to time through this period and into Tuesday…

As a matter of fact, this warm, humid and stormy setup looks to take us through next week. This looks to change as we flip the calendar from May into June as the models keep hinting at some cooler than normal numbers returning.

GFS ENSEMBLES

Make it a great Friday and take care.

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