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Meteorology Monday: April 9 - April 15

Explorer A

“April showers, bring May flowers!”  This famous spring-time saying is especially true this week as there are plenty of thunderstorms and much rain in this week’s forecast.  

The Great Lakes and New England regions have cooled down quite a bit with wind, some frost, and even the chance for a mix of rain and snow overnight for the beginning of the week, followed by the chance for showers and thunderstorms later this weekend.  The central part of the nation will be active, with at least the chance for severe storms likely every day.  With a system moving onshore in the West, it’s also shaping up to be pretty soggy throughout the week into next weekend out there as well.

Here are this week’s weather highlights:

  • Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms, with the potential for hail and damaging winds, are likely from the Central Plains down into Texas at times throughout the week.  This will potentially include MCI, OMA, ICT, OKC, TUL, and possibly DAL and HOU.
  • It will be much cooler to start the week in the Great Lakes and New England regions, with gusty westerly winds and a mix of some rain and snow showers possible at times from overnight Monday through Wednesday, as temperatures hover around freezing during the night time hours.  Temperatures will gradually warm as the week progresses, bringing a chance for some scattered showers and thunderstorms this weekend to these regions as well as the Northern Plains, including MDW and MKE.
  • Expect soggy conditions likely for much of the western part of the nation all week long.  Rain showers are expected to develop in the SF Bay Area Tuesday and reach Southern California by Tuesday evening.  The rain will then spread eastward into LAS and the Desert Southwest Wednesday through Thursday and towards DEN by Friday evening, with the chance for showers lasting throughout the weekend.
  • The Southeast and Florida, including ATL, look to be in great shape this week with mostly sunny conditions likely all week long!

This information is not intended for dispatching purposes.