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Chance showers/storms today

<B>(Saturday June 29, 2013)</B> Overall this weekend will be on the cooler and drier side when compared to the work week ahead. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be around in the afternoon; otherwise we’re looking at humid conditions with a few peeks of sunshine.

As we start off the weekend, we’ll see the quietest conditions that are expected for the next week ahead. Clouds with some sun will be around through the day with scattered rain and some thunderstorms possible especially this afternoon. Highs today will reach the upper 70s, making it the coolest day in our 7-day forecast.

Our stagnant weather in terms of the threat for showers and thunderstorms will be an issue right into next week.  There’s no sugar coating it.  A fairly well established trough of low pressure that will settle into the Midwestern states into next week in combination with a strengthening high pressure area in the western Atlantic (the Bermuda high) will keep a southerly flow of warm and moist air over us through much of next week.

Daytime heating is the big thing that fuels the showers and thunderstorms.  Given this reasoning, the afternoon and evening would be our best chance of seeing scattered activity, with the coverage of rain diminishing at nighttime.  The showers will indeed by scattered, which means some locations could see rain for several days, while other areas see little or no rainfall.  Unfortunately, that’s the nature of summertime convection, so if you do have outdoor plans through the weekend, be in the mindset of a chance of rain interrupting your plans, so have an umbrella handy. 

We need to be on guard for more flooding to occur in our area, and please stay tuned to the forecast and any flood statements.  The ground is pretty much water-logged so if we end up with thunderstorms over any one location for a prolonged period of time, more flash flooding would result.

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