Don't lie to me. You're currently jamming out to Johnny Cash right now, aren't you? A lot of people have asked me why these storms are happening all of a sudden. Is it the new norm? No - probably not - it's just a result of the pattern we've been stuck in this week. At the very core of it all, it's pretty basic. We've got cool/dry air to the north fighting with warm/moist air to the south. The pattern is called "Ring of Fire".
Here's the look at the 500mb (roughly 18,000 foot level of the atmosphere) layer. The orange area is high pressure, the blue is low.
To get a better understanding of what each airmass looks and feels like, let's take a gander at the national dew points. Dew point is a value we look at and use to describe the level of moisture in the air around us. As a point of reference 60 and below is GREAT...65 is sticky...70+ is BAD.
We're back at it today with the threat of storms. Sigh. The window we're watching is 3pm to about 7pm. The Storm Prediction Center has outlined our region in a "slight risk for severe weather". That just means you should be weather aware. Not looking at storms as intense as yesterday and like the past couple days, not everyone will see them.
Here's what radar COULD look like this afternoon...
Damaging winds, lots of lightning, heavy rain and even a brief spin-up is possible. The values for tornadic thunderstorms aren't as high as they've been. That's good news. Stay tuned!