A relatively quiet week of weather is ahead this coming week, but of course there is always some kind of weather occurring. We complied a list of the top four weather stories we’re tracking this week:
Western Record Heat; Seasonable East:
It was a very hot weekend, especially for the Southwest, and that heat will continue this week as above average temperatures impact all of the Western US. High temperatures at times will be over 30 degrees above normal from the West Coast to the Great Plains. Meanwhile across the East, temperatures will be seasonable with fluctuating conditions of either slightly below or above average this week.
Midweek Severe Threat:
The threat for severe weather will be possible Midweek for the Midwest. A surface low pressure developing by Tuesday over the Northern Plains will be responsible for bringing showers and thunderstorms. Once those storms reach the Midwest by Wednesday, conditions may be conducive enough for some severe weather. An outbreak of strong storms is not anticipated, but some of ingredients needed for severe storms will be present.
Wet South Florida:
Portions of South Florida have been dealing with a significant rainfall deficit so far this year, thus leading to severe drought conditions for parts of the region. Rainfall as of May 5th in Miami has been 4.21 inches below average. This week, relief is on the way as rounds of showers and storms develop over the southern portion of the Florida Peninsula almost everyday. Does that mean that same location will experience rainfall daily? Possibly, but the hit or miss variety of precipitation will be around through the duration of this week due to an onshore wind.
The drought continues to worsen across the Southwest. About 9 percent of the country is in an extreme to exceptional drought, the worst two categories on the drought monitor. The only areas with this severity of a drought is located in the southwestern part of the US. Parts of New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas have recorded their driest January through March time period on record, and these areas continue to wait for significant rainfall. The extended forecast remains grim, unfortunately, for this region with little to no rainfall expected the next 15 days. This will likely expand the severity of the drought.