Welcome to the Wednesday edition of your WeatherOptics morning briefing, where we’ll give you a rundown on everything weather-related that you need to know this at this time of the week.
Extreme heat and severe storms are set to impact the northeast today, the tropics are finally beginning to show signs of life as we head towards the peak of hurricane season, and California experiences shaking from a 4.4 magnitude earthquake. Let’s dive right in.
Severe Storms Target Northeast:
An active day of storms is on tap for the northeast today, with the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms stretching from parts of the lower midwest to the interior northeast and New England. While we aren’t anticipating a severe weather outbreak, we are concerned about scattered storms capable of producing nasty conditions mostly after 1 PM ET.
- The SPC has highlighted more than 34 million people under a marginal risk for severe weather, with strong winds and heavy rain as the main threats. More than half a million are under a slight risk for severe storms, confined to extreme northern New England.
- The best chance for severe thunderstorms and an isolated tornado or two will be northern upstate New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire.
- Storms will begin to breakout after 1 PM and last through the early overnight hours. We don’t expect any severe storms to make it down to the coastline for today.
We’ll be releasing a more detailed article on the potential severe weather activity later this morning, so be sure to check that out.
Tropical Activity Ramping Up Towards Peak of Season:
It’s been a fairly slow start to the tropical season across the Atlantic Basin, with only 5 named storms so far this season. We may be dealing with a different story over the next few weeks as we head towards the peak of hurricane season.
- Tropical waves off the coast of Africa are becoming more aggressive and showing signs of potential development as they move over the eastern Atlantic Basin.
- There are also signs of tropical development closer to home, with several models showing a low to moderate chance of a tropical storm developing in the Gulf of Mexico sometime later next week. The ECMWF currently has the chance of development at 25-30%. The Gulf Coast should remain on alert.
- Large ridging over the eastern two-thirds of the US iresponsible for the current heat wave may allow any tropical system developing out in the Atlantic Basin to move closer to the US coastline. A lack of cold fronts will make it possible for storms to move in a more westerly direction than usual.
Check out our latest article for more information on potential tropical activity: http://bit.ly/2BRQqeN
We’ll be releasing a follow-up piece on tropical activity later today.
California Rocked by a 4.4 Magnitude Earthquake:
At 7:33 PM local time yesterday just 25 miles east of Los Angeles, a 4.4 magnitude earthquake shook Southern California. Shaking was reported from Long Beach to Riverside and back to LA, with a localized area near La Verne reporting moderate shaking for several seconds. Luckily there was no damage reported.
- Most people impacted by the earthquake reported shaking for between 10 and 20 seconds, with the strongest shaking 3 miles north of La Verne.
- The earthquake was followed by a 3.4 magnitude aftershock about 1 minute after the initial 4.4 magnitude earthquake.
- Shaking was felt as far as 40 miles away near Sylmar in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles.
You can find more details about the earthquake over on our Twitter page:
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