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Meteorology Monday: May 21 - May 27

Explorer A

A fairly active week is ahead of us with several pockets of thunderstorms possible for multiple areas around the nation.  The East Coast will be soggy for much of the work week, but drying out just in time for the holiday weekend.  Meanwhile, it will be dry and hot for the first part of the week in the Desert Southwest, with temperatures soaring into the hundreds. 

Finally, a surprise over the weekend was the formation of Tropical Storm Alberto off the South Carolina coast.  This happened a couple of weeks ahead of the start of the Atlantic hurricane season, but the good news is that it has since weakened, and will be of little impact to any SWA or Air Tran stations.

Here are this week’s weather highlights:

  • A cold front extending from the Northeast down into the Southeast will generate a wide area of occasional showers and some thunderstorms as it only slowly pushes eastward.  This will keep it quite wet at places including BWI, IAD, DCA, PHL, EWR, LGA, and BOS for several days.  The precipitation is expected to wind down by Thursday, drying out from New England down to the Mid Atlantic region.  Most of the thunderstorms should be confined to the Southeast and parts of Florida, including ATL from time to time.
  • A system developing in the central part of the country will bring scattered thunderstorms to parts of the Rockies, Northern Plains, Midwest, and Great Lakes in the Wednesday through Friday timeframe.  This will likely include DEN, MSP, OMA, and DSM.
  • Very windy conditions expected on Wednesday and Thursday in the Southwest and southern Plains, with some blowing dust likely (ELP, ABQ, TUS, AMA, OKC, and ICT).
  • Low ceilings expected daily in the mornings along the California coast.
  • A very hot to start to the week in the Southwest, with PHX, TUS, and LAS all well above 100 degrees for high temps through mid-week.  Heat will then shift over to parts of West Texas on Thursday.

Have a great week!

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