ISOLATED STORMS TODAY; SEASONAL WEEK AHEAD… Heat, humidity, and pop-up P.M. thunderstorms continue to dominate our weather pattern today and over the next few days. While vast majority of us were dry on Saturday, there were some spots that had over an INCH of rain near Appleton and near Whiting Field. That sporadic, isolated nature of the storms will happen again this afternoon into the evening hours. Severe weather is not expected, but the storms that do fire up will produce very heavy rainfall, lightning, and gusty winds. Have a way to check the radar today and over the next few days. You can always visit the Radar tab in the RedZone Weather app or rzweather.com/radar for the very latest. Let’s talk forecast details…
TYPICAL LATE AUGUST WEEK AHEAD… I see absolutely nothing in the weather models that would cause me to deviate from our climatological “normal” for this time of year. We’re calling for a chance of pop-up showers and thunderstorms each afternoon/evening over the next week with high temperatures near 93° and morning lows around 72°. The pop-up thunderstorms can “pack a punch,” but widespread severe weather is not expected this week and per our summertime usual, the tornado threat remains at basically zero.
ATLANTIC BASIN QUIET; PACIFIC ACTIVE… As we approach the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, the Atlantic basin is QUIET, including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. The National Hurricane Center continues to outlook NO tropical storm formation probabilities over the next 5 days. I’ll be watching a *massive* plume of Saharan dust (the Saharan Air Layer or SAL) that is moving off of the African continent over the next few days. This dust typically strangles any development potential over the eastern half of the Atlantic basin, which is exactly what we want. We note that (formerly major hurricane) Lane is now a tropical depression as it moves away from Hawaii. Tropical Storm Miriam formed this morning west of Mexico and will remain over the open waters of the Pacific Ocean.
I’ve got all the forecast details and graphics in your Sunday #rzw forecast video above… Enjoy your evening!