June 30

June 2015: A Story Of Record Heat For Some, Rain For Others

While today is the last day of June, it’s not too early (I think) to take a look back at the month that was June of 2015. Some of the highlights I could find was record heat out west and heavy rains across portions of the Ohio Valley – thanks, in part, due to tropical moisture from Bill. Let’s take a look at some of the new records that have been set this month. New All-Time June Records Out West It has been a hot month across the Northwest, but no more than this past weekend, when many locations tied...

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June 29

Smoky Sunrises

Smoky Sunrise Folks across the Midwest woke up to an interesting glow earlier today thanks to wildfires across parts of Canada. Here’s a picture from the National Weather Service out of Aberdeen, SD “Hazy conditions this morning as smoke from Saskatchewan and Alberta wildfires continues streaming south. #sdwx“ See more HERE: Here’s another shot from Minneapolis, MN thanks to @dkayserwx “Smoky #sunrise in the Twin Cities this morning. #mnwx“ Vertical Smoke Analysis This was the latest smoke analysis as of 7AM EDT from the National Weather Service. Note the thick plumes moving into the middle part of the country from...

Friday Forecast
June 26

Northwest Heat Wave

Happy Friday Everyone! The heat is building across much of the Northwest as temperatures surge well above average. 100° readings are possible this weekend and into early next week! Also, we are watching the potential for some severe weather this afternoon for parts of the Ohio Valley. Elsewhere across the nation, things will stay relatively quiet through this weekend. Here’s a round-up of the biggest weather events over the next few days: Northwest Heat As a ridge continues to build across the western half of the U.S., temperatures will steadily climb for parts of the Northwest. A Heat Advisory is...

June 25

Potentially All-Time Record Heat In The Northwest

We’re tracking a change in the jet stream over the next few days, one that will build a ridge over the western United States. This will bring record temperatures to parts of the Northwest as we head into the weekend. In some areas, the highs will potentially rival June and all-time record temperatures! The Northwest already saw record heat earlier this month, with Yakima, WA, tying their June all-time temperature. (MAP: Latest Watches/Warnings/Advisories) Already Heat Advisories and Excessive Heat Watches are in place as numerous areas are expected to reach the 90s and even 100s, and nighttime temperatures may not...

June 23

Severe Threat Across The Northeast – Including Boston, NYC and Washington, D.C.

We’re watching the threat of severe weather across potions of the U.S. today – but the largest risk of seeing a severe storm today will be across portions of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, where an Enhanced Risk is in place. Zooming in, we can see some large population centers are within this Enhanced Risk, including New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. #Severe T-storm Watches already in place in the Northeast from NYC to Maine until 4 PM ET – PA & NJ until 7 PM ET. — AerisWeather (@AerisWeather) June 23, 2015 Already this morning we have been...

June 22

MCS Season

Tis the season for overnight thunderstorm activity with damaging winds being the primary threat. Sunday night/early Monday morning featured a complex of thunderstorms that was responsible for several damaging wind reports with wind speeds reaching 95mph in Sheldon, IA. Take a look at what the radar looked like early Monday morning. Thunderstorm wind gusts were responsible for this overturned semi near Canton, SD early this morning. Sioux Falls, SD had wind gusts topping 80mph! Here is the 95mph wind report from Sheldon, IA located in the northwest part of the state. Note the report states an airplane hangar was destroyed...

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June 19

Remnants of BILL, Severe Storms and Near Record Heat

This was the view from Washington University in St. Louis, MO earlier today as moisture from Tropical Depression BILL continued to swirl over the mid-section of the nation. Rainfall tallies have been significant in some areas, especially across parts of Oklahoma and Texas! Radar estimated rainfall over the last 72 hours suggests that a fairly significant amount of moisture has fallen from the Gulf Coast of Texas to the Middle Mississippi Valley and now into parts of the Ohio Valley! According to NOAA’s HPC, the 3 day rainfall forecasts suggests an additional 1″ to nearly 3″+ possible across parts of...

June 18

Flood Threat Continues From Tropical Depression Bill

We continue to see heavy rain associated with Bill across parts of Oklahoma this morning. How much rain has fallen and where is this system heading next? Heavy Rain Totals From Bill Bill left areas of the south soaked over the past 48 hours, with some areas of Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma picking up over 6″ of rain according to radar. Here are just some select rainfall totals from across Texas and Oklahoma over the past 24-48 hours. Over the past 24 hours in Texas, some of the hardest hit areas were northwest of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex, where radar...

6.17.15 BILL
June 17

Tropical Depression BILL Lifts North, More Flooding Possible

Here are some of the heavy rainfall reports through early this morning across parts of Texas. This was the satellite view of Tropical Depression BILL from earlier today as it slowly lifted north over the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The official NOAA National Hurricane Center forecast track takes BILL hard right toward the Ohio Valley by late this week with heavy rainfall continuing along its path.   Flash Flood Watches continues from the Coastal Bend of Texas to parts of the Ohio Valley as additional heavy rain continues. According to NOAA’s HPC, the 5 day rainfall forecast along BILL’s path suggest...

June 16

Tropical Storm Bill: Flooding Rains Likely

All eyes are on the south this morning as Tropical Storm Bill gets closer to landfall along the Texas coastline. Flooding rains are the biggest concern over the next 48-72 hours with this storm as it tracks over parts of Texas and Oklahoma before the low pressure center moves toward the Ohio Valley. Coastal flooding is also a concern this morning as Bill heads toward landfall, with reports already of flooding on Tiki Island and a foot of water covering roads south of Matagorda. Tropical Storm Bill Latest (11 AM ET June 16th) As of 11 AM ET, Bill hadn’t...