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Meteorology Monday: July 30 - August 3

Explorer A

There will be another typical mid-summer week, as we move into the beginning of August.  Hot and humid conditions continue in the central part of the country, with temperatures far into the 100s for much of the week! 

The Northern Plains, Midwest, and Great Lakes have cooled down temperature wise, but could see a few rounds of thunderstorms this week.  The Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and Southeast are active with thunderstorms in the beginning of the week due to a system slowly moving eastward from the Midwest.  Meanwhile, the summer monsoon is in place out west, with chances for thunderstorms for LAS, PHX, TUS, ABQ, and DEN.  However, moisture should be on the decrease starting mid-week, bringing some relief to LAS, PHX, and DEN.

Here are this week’s weather highlights:

  • In the Midwest and Great Lakes, expect frequent rounds of thunderstorms throughout the week and into the weekend—MDW , MKE, MSP, MCI, OMA, DSM, STL, IND, DTW, CLE, CMH, DAY, CAK, FNT, GRR, PIT, and BUF. 
  • Very hot and humid conditions in the southern and central Plains.  Temperatures will be in the 100-110 range with heat indices even higher.  Most of the area will remain dry, minus a few isolated cells that may pop up due to the very hot temperatures—MCI, OKC, TUL, ICT, DAL, AUS, and SAT.   A slightly better chance of some afternoon thunderstorms will exist for HOU and MSY along the gulf coast.
  • In the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, there will be several rounds of thunderstorms possible, however, we are not expecting any major ATC implications like there were with the storms last week.  Isolated to scattered thunderstorms likely throughout the work week into the weekend—DCA, IAD, BWI, PHL, EWR, LGA, ISP, HPN, BDL, MHT, PVD, and ALB. 
  • A very active thunderstorm week for the Southeast and northern Florida with scattered thunderstorms possible every day—ATL, BNA, MEM, HSV, BHM, JAN, ECP, PNS, JAX, CHS, and GSP.   Some storms could be strong from time to time with possible damaging winds and hail. 
  • Monsoonal moisture continues in a plume up from Mexico, bringing thunderstorms to many of our stations in the Desert Southwest.  The best chance for afternoon and evening thunderstorms for LAS and PHX will be early this week into Thursday, then the moisture begins to move further eastward over the weekend.  Good coverage of thunderstorms for DEN into Tuesday, and then there is a break from active weather until Saturday.
Have an outstanding week!

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