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The heat is on, the drought over...

Jason Samenow @ 10:02 AM

Today has the potential to reach the mid 90s -- flirting to become the warmest day of 2006 thus far (May 30 hit 95). But I doubt we make it.


Forecast Confidence: HighHot. A typical moist, tropical airmass will be overhead, allowing temperatures to rise into the low to mid 90s. Humidity will increase a bit during the day, but will not be oppressive, with dewpoints in the mid to upper 60s and heat indices just a degree or two above the actual temperature. A few thunderstorms could affect the region this evening as a cold front sinks southward. I'd place odds at 35%.


Forecast Confidence: HighShower and T'storm threat. A cold front will be in the vicinity, bringing chances of showers and thunderstorms, particularly starting in the afternoon. The bulk of the day will probably be OK for outdoor activities, with partly sunny skies, typical summer humidity, and a high near 90.

Outlook for July 4

Forecast Confidence: HighPM T'storms? Most of the day will partly sunny and summery...with a high near 90. However, a cold front will significantly increase the chances of thunderstorms in the evening, which could put a damper on barbeques and fireworks displays. We'll keep you posted about this threat as Independence day draws nearer.

The drought, what drought?

To settle any remaining dispute about whether the drought is over (some asserted too much rain fell too quickly to make up for our rain deficit), here is an animation of the US Drought Monitor before and after last week's flooding rains...

Graphics in animation courtesy US Drought Monitor, animation by photographer Ian Livingston.

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