Heavy storms move through the Midwest, heat returns to the east, and the tropics finally come alive as we head towards the peak of hurricane season. Welcome to the Friday edition of your WeatherOptics morning briefing, where we’ll give you a rundown on everything weather-related that you need to know for the weekend and early next week.
Heavy Storms Set to Impact The Midwest:
As temperatures rebound to above normal for this time of year, rounds of heavy storms will develop and move through the midwest region this weekend. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has already highlighted several days this weekend under a slight or marginal risk for severe weather as storms push southeastward from the northern plains to the lower midwest. While we don’t expect any type of major outbreak of severe weather, scattered storms capable of strong winds, heavy rains, and an isolated tornado or two will be possible.
- A large area of scattered severe thunderstorms will develop today from northern Minnesota to northern Kansas, bringing the potential for heavy rains and strong winds.
- Over the weekend these storms will slowly march towards the lower midwest and southern plains. However, their pace will be so slow rate many areas seeing severe weather today will continue to see rounds of severe weather and heavy storms through Sunday.
- Ahead of this severe weather unsettled conditions will likely take over the northeast region, with a low chance for additional flash flooding Friday and Saturday.
Read about the incoming unsettled Labor Day weekend weather here.
Heat Returns to the East:
After a break from the heat for some of the northeast, the warm temperatures are set to make a comeback to the eastern two thirds of the country at the end of this weekend. Once again we’re expecting temperatures to rise 10-20 degrees above average and humidity to skyrocket as well.
- Temperatures will soar back into the 80’s and 90’s for the northeast region beginning on Labor Day and lasting through next week
- Ahead of this rise in temperatures we expect unsettled weather to develop today and tomorrow, leading to scattered thunderstorms and localized flash flooding
- The peak of the heat will come Tuesday and Wednesday, with much of the I-95 corridor settling back well into the 90 degree temperature range. The heat index will likely bounce back into the triple digits with high levels of humidity returning.
Read about the return of heat to the Northeast here.
The Tropics Come Alive:
After a slow start to the 2018 Hurricane Season, model guidance is picking up on a big up-tick in tropical activity over the next 1-2 weeks. Several strong tropical waves will emerge off the coast of Africa, becoming more organized as they move westbound. Even closer to home we’re watching some potential tropical development this weekend near Florida and the Gulf of Mexico.
- As we head closer to the peak of the Atlantic Hurricane Season on September 10th, tropical development will ramp up especially across the eastern Atlantic Basin, where at least 2 strong tropical waves are expected to become tropical depressions or storms over the next week.
- An area of unsettled weather to the south of Florida will meander into the eastern portion of the Gulf of Mexico this weekend and may become a quick tropical depression or storm before impacting the gulf coast early next week. This will be important to monitor.
- With such strong high pressure placed near/just off the east coast, we’ll have to watch these tropical system especially closely as one could sneak underneath the higher pressure and try to make a run at the eastern seaboard. We’ll know more over the next several days.
Read more about the tropical threat here.
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