Forecast Discussion 5/31 3:31 PM

I would like to wish you a happy Memorial Day and I hope your enjoying this unofficial start to the summer season. Numerous thunderstorms have developed over the area this afternoon and these storms are bringing heavy rain and dangerous cloud to ground lightning. Much like yesterday, the storms will settle down overnight, with the loss of daytime instability. Lows tonight will be in the middle 60s.

Tomorrow will be a similar day, with scattered thunderstorms redeveloping late. This greater coverage of afternoon storms is due to an upper level disturbance that is rotating through the region. This feature will slide eastward and conditions aloft won’t be quite as unstable starting on Wednesday. This will set the stage for some drier and hotter conditions for the latter half of the week. Highs will reach the low 90s, with isolated afternoon storms expected. According to the long range data, Saturday and Sunday will be very hot and dry days.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season kicks off tomorrow and some of our viewers have asked about the relationship between tropical activity and the oil spill in the Gulf. NOAA has compiled an excellent report answering all kinds of questions regarding how a tropical system may impact the oil spill, or vice versa. Click here for the complete report (this is a .pdf file).

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Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist