A Thunderstorm To Keep CoolJuly 9th, 2014 at 8:57 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
It has been hot and humid over the last 24 hours, and the heat is still on for today. However, there are changes taking place in the region. For instance, we had tons of sunshine yesterday, but today we started out with lots of clouds and some spotty showers in the area. There were more showers forming to our west.
There is a cold front off to our west, and some scattered showers and storms were forming ahead of it. We will also be ahead of it today. So high temperatures will rise back into the 90s. If these clouds hang around for most of the day, then highs will be more in the low 90s. I think there will be enough breaks in the clouds to make it to the mid 90s. The heat index is supposed to be in the upper 90s to near 100 again, but the breeze has really been helping the true feels-like temperature. The breeze will be out of the southwest at 10-15mph today.
Scattered showers and storms are forecast for this afternoon. I put the chance for rain at 40%. We could see a couple of strong storms as we get into the heating of the afternoon. Heavy rain and strong gusty winds will accompany a few storms. The good news is that if you do get some rain, then your temperature will drop for a while. Plus, then you won’t have to water the lawn. Here is what Future Trak looks like at 3pm:
Tonight the cold front will move through. So we’ll see a line of showers and storms form and move through. The rain chances will go up to about 60% tonight. Tomorrow the front will only slowly edge through the region. So we will get the cool down, but there will also be another chance for rain. Highs tomorrow will be in the mid-upper 80s with variable winds. We’ll see a few more showers and storms on Friday, but they may be confined to the morning. We’ll see. The front will stall out to our south, and a weak area of low pressure is predicted to move along the boundary. We are still looking good for this weekend. Just a stray shower possible on Saturday.
In the same tone of thunderstorms, I found an interesting article that was recently published about storm chasing and how it has changed. The word from Examiner.com is that a lot of it has become “Chasertainment”. I used to storm chase when I was at Mississippi State University as a student for 2 years. Then I chased an instructor for 1 year. We went on one big trip to the Great Plains in the early 2000′s. That was a really great experience. We respected the roads and we respected the people affected. I have a lot of respect for storm chasers, but I also agree that it has become less about the science and more about the thrill. At least for many new chasers. I’ve heard from fellow chasers that it has become difficult to chase during the Spring storm season as there are now hundreds to thousands of people chasing tornadoes. There may come a time when people are required to obtain a permit to chase. We’ll see. Here is the article: Storm Chasers
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler