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Meteorology Monday: July 23 - July 29

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We’re getting to the part of summer that could definitely start qualifying as the “dog days,” with heat and humidity continuing to be major factors across much of the country.  

The occasional relief that comes to the northern states is usually accompanied by thunderstorms, and that will indeed be the case this week.  Unfortunately, both the Midwest, including MDW, and the Northeast, including BWI, PHL, EWR, LGA, and BOS, will be favored regions for seeing active thunderstorms that will likely cause some air traffic disruptions.  Meanwhile the summer monsoon is in place out west, with daily chances for thunderstorms, including PHX.
Here are this week’s weather highlights:

  • In the Midwest and Great Lakes, (MDW, MKE, MSP, MCI, OMA, DSM, IND, DTW, CLE, CMH, DAY, CAK, FNT, GRR, PIT, and BUF), frequent rounds of thunderstorms, especially the first half of the week.  It will also be hot in these areas, with temps in the 90s to near or above 100 degrees to start the week, with a bit cooler conditions by late week.
  • Across the southern and central Plains, only a few isolated to widely scattered afternoon thunderstorms, otherwise mostly dry this week (OKC, TUL, ICT, DAL, AUS, and SAT).  A slightly better chance of some afternoon thunderstorms will exist down along the Gulf Coast (HOU, MSY).
  • In the Northeast, there will likely be several days this week with a rather high potential for showers and thunderstorms.   It currently looks as if Mon-Tue, and then Thu-Sat will be the most favored timeframes for periods of active weather (EWR, LGA, PHL, BWI, IAD, DCA, ISP, HPN, BDL, MHT, PVD, and ALB).
  • A tropical wave will bring an increase in showers and thunderstorms to much of Florida the first couple days of the week, before a return to typical isolated afternoon thunderstorms mid to late week (MCO, TPA, RSW, SRQ, PBI, FLL, ECP, PNS, and JAX).
  • The summer monsoon season has fully kicked in across the west, with daily chances for afternoon and evening thunderstorms at most western stations, including LAS, PHX, ABQ, ELP, and TUS, along with isolated afternoon thunderstorms around DEN.

Have a tremendous week!

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