STORMS AROUND ON THIS INDEPENDENCE DAY; MORE SCATTERED STORMS THIS WEEK… Happy 4th of July! Be ready for scattered downpours of rain at times on this Monday. Scattered thunderstorms are likely to develop later this morning and into the afternoon hours. While it won’t be a situation where plans will need to be cancelled, you may need to move the outdoor 4th of July events indoors this afternoon into this evening as we could have scattered to numerous storms around. Widespread severe weather is not expected, but some of the storms may be “loud and proud” at times today.
SCATTERED STORMS LIKELY IN EACH OF THE NEXT 7 DAYS… I expect scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms today and on Tuesday across the region. Rain chances may lessen somewhat later this week, but I still expect storms to be a fixture of the forecast each day. Pop-up thunderstorms are common in the summer months around here. It would be more unusual if we didn’t have storms popping up each day. High temperatures will be in the upper-80s and near 90 with morning lows in the low-70s this week.
TROPICAL STORM BONNIE CROSSED INTO THE PACIFIC BASIN… Over the weekend, we had a rare situation in the tropics. Tropical Storm Bonnie formed in the southwestern Caribbean Sea (the system was Potential Tropical Cyclone #2 for several days as it moved across the southern Caribbean). What puts Tropical Storm Bonnie in a class of rare tropical storms is the fact that the storm moved across Central America and emerged into the Eastern Pacific Ocean intact as a tropical storm. Most tropical storms and hurricanes weaken while moving into Central America and never “complete the crossing.” Bonnie did, and the system is expected to become a category 2 hurricane over the next few days as it moves westward over the open waters of the Pacific Ocean.
TROPICAL STORM COLIN – BRIEF STORM NEAR THE CAROLINAS… If you blinked this weekend, you may have missed short-lived Tropical Storm Colin. The storm developed early Saturday morning and fizzled out by Sunday morning. Colin was basically a swirl of clouds with tropical storm force winds over water near the coasts of South Carolina and North Carolina. The final advisory has been issued for Colin, however, as the system has now weakened.
REMAINDER OF TROPICS ARE QUIET… Now that Bonnie is in the Pacific and Colin has dissipated, the next hurricane names to be used are Danielle, Earl, Fiona, and Gaston. Fortunately, there are no disturbances in the Atlantic Basin that will develop into named tropical storms over the next 3-5 days. Good news!
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