Good morning everyone,
Thanks to I Am Not Charles for keeping you posted while I was off watching whales and glaciers.
Stormy for the East; Hot and dry in Plains
Michael Palmer, Lead Meteorologist, The Weather Channel
Jul .15, 2012 3:25 am ET
* A very warm and tropical air mass combines with a stationary front to produce scattered showers and thunderstorms for much of the region this weekend.
* Any storms that develop could produce locally heavy rainfall and frequent lightning.
* West Texas and western Oklahoma will stay dry with plenty of sunshine.
* Temperatures should be near or slightly cooler than average across most of the region.
* Highs today will mostly be in the 80s and 90s, with a few areas around 100 in parts of Oklahoma.
* Scattered showers and thunderstorms along and ahead of a weak trough of low pressure through the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley.
* The severe threat is low, but an isolated severe storm is possible in the Great Lakes.
* The Plains remain generally sunny and dry with a few storms possible in North Dakota late today.
* Hotter than average temperatures are expected for much of the region.
* Highs on Sunday will range from the 80s in the Ohio Valley to upper 90s and low 100s in the Plains.
* Monsoonal moisture continues to bombard the interior West with showers and thunderstorms this weekend.
* Locally heavy rainfall and flash flooding is possible with any storms, especially in parts of Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Idaho and western Montana.
* Stray severe storms are possible due to an upper-level low across eastern Oregon and Washington and western Idaho tonight.
* Dry lightning strikes are also possible, but is more likely in the Pacific Northwest.
* Hotter than average temperatures are expected in the Plains of eastern Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado.
* Cooler than average temperatures are expected in parts of the Southwest.
* Highs on Sunday will range from around 60 along the Northern California Coast to the 80s and 90s interior sections and around 110 in the Deserts.
* Thunderstorms increase across New England today.
* Stray T-Storm or two for interior sections of New England will fade away tonight.
* Hotter than average temperatures are expected in New York and New England.
* Highs today will be mostly in the 80s and 90s. Hotter weather builds in for early next week.
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