Time posted: 2:01 am

Memorial Day Look Ahead

Good Monday, everyone. On this Memorial Day, we pause to pay respect to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. To those who have served and are actively serving, we also say a big thank you for your service.

Today also marks the unofficial kickoff to summer and it’s certainly feeling the part. We continue to deal with very warm and humid conditions. With temps deep into the 80s and that high humidity, the heat index will feel like 90 or a little better at times.

We are also tracking a scattering of showers and storms, some of which may be a little strong. Any boomer that goes up can also put down quite a bit of rain in a short amount of time. Here are your Memorial Day storm trackers…

The pattern from Tuesday through the end of the remains pretty much the same before a cold front changes that to end May and kickoff June. Just like the past few days, any storm may be on the strong side and put down lots of rain. There could be an increase in the severe threat ahead of our cold front…

That front continues to have cooler air behind it as we flip the calendar to the start of summer. The Euro is now seeing the cooler than normal temps…

The Euro lows for the first two mornings of June are into the 40s…

Have a great holiday and take care.

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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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