When I read the temperature from my personal weather station just a few minutes ago, I almost couldn’t believe it. Seventy-five degrees! After more than a week with temperatures struggling to climb out of the 50s and 60s, warmth is returning to the Eastern US.
Yes, we have some cooler spots like the Northeast and some Central/Deep South where there are thicker clouds and sporadic showers. But in general, warmth is returning to the East after a long time. the beginning of the month is really cold.
The Omega block we are going through will slowly start to break down over the next week.
Unfortunately for those in the western US, the east side will break down faster, allowing the ice sheets to return and amplify east of the Rockies. Down the slopes, temperatures will be warmer, wetter, and we’ll be creating the opportunity for the daily air mass thunderstorms we typically see in the summer — especially across the south.
In the West, as the tracks remain stuck in place for a bit longer, they will be cooler and wetter than usual, possibly until the end of next week.
As the Omega Block gradually undoes, the short waves will surround the wider trough perched in the West of the United States. More showers and storms are possible from California through Intermountain West and into the Plains States.
As these shortwaves intersect high-rise rooftops in the Central/Eastern US, there could be several severe storms a day this weekend. The Southern Delta and the Central Highlands are at risk today. The Southern Plains and Mid-Mississippi River Valley will be at risk tomorrow (Saturday). On Sunday, a large risk area was identified from the Southern Plains to the Upper Midwest.
As for the risks, heavy hail and strong winds will be the main threats every day. However, while not a major threat, a few tornadoes cannot be ruled out. Check forecasts from your local NWS for times and threats specific to your local area.
We will continue to break that Omega Block over the next week. By the end of next week, conditions could be very different for the North/Northwest US as heat rises again.
Stay tuned, we’ll look into that possibility early next week.
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