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New Orleans, Louisiana

As we head into the weekend, let’s take a look at how it’s shaping up for the Big Easy! Will it be a great weekend for tourists and residents alike? Or will vacation be spent indoors? Also, Summer officially started earlier this morning, hooray!

At 1053pm CDT, the temperature at New Orleans, LA was 83 degrees under fair skies. An occluded low is found over the Mid-MS River Valley, trailing a front through the Ohio Valley and down into the Deep South and Southern Plains. Some healthy thunderstorms are rolling through MS/AL ahead of the cold front, but this activity is expected to stay well north of the New Orleans area. The tail end of the front should remain north as it shifts east during the morning hours Friday, and much of the Eastern GOM/Gulf Coast looks to be quiet as the Bermuda High builds over the region. We can expect these fairly quiet conditions to extend into Saturday, with continued hot and muggy temperatures. Typical Summer conditions!

Friday: Mostly sunny. High 93, Low 78.
Saturday: Continued sunny and muggy. High 92, Low 77.

TWC: Friday: Partly cloudy. High 93, Low 77.
Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 92, Low 78.

AW: Friday: Partly sunny; delightful. High 91, Low 77.
Saturday: Partly sunny; humid. High 91, Low 78.

NWS: Friday: Partly sunny. High 92, Low 78.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 92, Low 78.

WB: Friday: Partly sunny. High 87, Low 79.
Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 88, Low 79.

WN: Friday: Partly cloudy. High 92, Low 78.
Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 92, Low 78.

FIO: Friday: Humid throughout the day and mostly cloudy until evening. High 89, Low 76.
Saturday: Partly cloudy until afternoon. High 90, Low 77.

All is quiet around the Central Gulf Coast tonight, while portions of the Deep South are seeing some potent thunderstorms. This quiet pattern looks to extend into the weekend!

Victoria, Texas

While it was scorching here in the Twin Cities (record high of 95!), let’s go take a look at somewhere a bit cooler, Texas! Wait what?

At 751pm CDT, the temperature at Victoria, TX was 85 degrees under fair skies. A broad ridge of high pressure is found throughout the South, from the Southern Plains through the Southeast. Outside of typical dryline storms in West TX and normal seabreeze-esque diurnal storms along the coast, the region is fairly void of synoptic systems. That’s expected to change over the weekend as a tropical feature is spinning its way from the Yucatan Peninsula towards the TX coastline. It’s not really expected to develop into anything, just looks like a system that will bring increase rains to the Victoria area, mainly on Sunday evening. Saturday looks fairly decent, just gotta dodge those pop-up afternoon storms!

Saturday: Isolated thunderstorms in afternoon. Hot and humid. High 94, Low 76.
Sunday: Slightly cooler with increased clouds, chances of storms increases for the afternoon and evening hours. High 90, Low 75.

TWC: Saturday: Partly cloudy, isolated showers. High 94, Low 76.
Sunday: Thunderstorms. High 89, Low 76.

AW: Saturday: A shower and t-storm around. High 92, Low 76.
Sunday: Rain and a t-storm, breezy. High 90, Low 76.

NWS: Saturday: Chance of thunderstorms. High 93, Low 76.
Sunday: Thunderstorms likely. High 90, Low 76.

WB: Saturday: Chance of storms. High 92, Low 76.
Sunday: Scattered thunderstorms. High 88, Low 77.

WN: Saturday: Partly cloudy with scattered storms. High 93, Low 76.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms likely. High 90, Low 76.

FIO: Saturday: Humid throughout the day, partly cloudy in afternoon. High 92, Low 77.
Sunday: Rain starting in the afternoon. Hig 89, Low 76.

Here we see some clouds dotting the region. More noticeable, however, is a fire from Matagorda Island with it’s smoke blowing towards the northwest, just missing Victoria. It was a prescribed burn, so nothing to be too worried about.

Heat Surge Subsides, but Roaring Back

It’s been a Katy Perry-esuqe couple of months over the Upper Midwest, by that I mean it’s been “Hot N Cold”. MSP had their 4th coldest April on record then rebounded with their 2nd warmest May on record, which had their longest May stretch ever of 6 straight days of 90F+ days (and included the first 100F reading in 6 years!). June so far, has been very moderate, with no days reaching more than 9 degrees either above or below normal. Dew points today actually bottomed out in the upper 30s in the early afternoon hours, making for a picture perfect day across the region!

The heat and humidity will be returning with a vengeance once again this weekend as an area of strong low pressure is expected to push up into the Dakota, tapping some gulf Moisture to pump it up through the Plains and fuel thunderstorms over the Northern Plains and into the southern Canadian Prairie Provinces. Temps around here look to push into the 90s over the weekend with juicy dew points returning to the low 70s. We’ll see how long it sticks around or if it will settle back down towards normal, where this month has been so far.

Lubbock, Texas

Apologies for the delay in posting this forecast, apparently I can’t read a calendar! Sorry Lubbock residents! Let’s take a look at what it’s gonna be like heading into midweek for you

At 953pm CDT, the temperature at Lubbock, TX was 81 degrees under partly cloudy skies. An upper ridge is found over the Four Corners region, pushing most evening and overnight activity into the Northern and Central Plains. Meanwhile, West Texas is HOT. Well, they’re always hot in the summer, but still, many days of 100F+ highs never ceases to amaze me. That’s what it’ll be like in Lubbock for the next couple of days with maybe a few high clouds from time to time. Next chance of seeing some thunderstorm development in the region looks to be on Friday as the ridge breaks down slightly, allowing some dryline action to fire up nearby.

Wednesday: Sunny and hot. High 103, Low 72.
Thursday: Continued hot. High 103, Low 74.

TWC: Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 102, Low 73.
Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 103, Low 72.

AW: Wednesday: Sunny to partly cloudy, hot. High 103, Low 70.
Thursday: Partly sunny. High 102, Low 73.

NWS: Wednesday: Hot. High 101, Low 71.
Thursday: Hot. High 101, Low 73.

WB: Wednesday: Sunny. High 100, Low 70.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 101, Low 74.

WN: Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 100, Low 72.
Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 101, Low 75.

FIO: Wednesday: Partly cloudy in morning, continuing through evening. High 101, Low 69.
Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 99, Low 73.

Tail end of a front is kicking up storms off to the east of Lubbock, but quiet weather will take over the area tonight and last for a couple of days.

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Hope everybody had a pleasant Memorial Day today! Off to the Great Lakes to see how they’ll start off the shortened workweek.

At 1053pm EDT, the temperature at Grand Rapids, MI was 79 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. It was another scorcher today across the region with the high hitting 94 while other areas in the Upper Midwest hit the upper 90s to 100 in MSP. High pressure sitting over southern Hudson Bay nosed over the Great Lakes, keeping the region dry for much of the day before activity ignited over MN/WI, but kept Lower MI dry. This area of high pressure is going to shift off over Quebec tomorrow, allowing the area of low pressure sitting over the Dakotas to push eastward, kicking up the moisture over the region. While the Grand Rapids area should avoid much of the convection expected to ignite off over WI and over northern IN/OH. Wednesday will see a much higher chance of rain moving into the area, but that has little to do with low pressure from the west. In fact, it has more to do with low pressure lifting up from the south, the remnants of Subtropical Storm Alberto! Alberto’s remnant low looks to lift north along the MS River throughout the day tomorrow before moving over the Great Lakes late Wednesday, bringing widespread rain showers with it.

Tuesday: Increasing clouds during the afternoon. High 91, Low 67.
Wednesday: Rain showers becoming more widespread throughout the day. High 84, Low 66.

TWC: Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High 92, Low 68.
Wednesday: Afternoon thunderstorms. High 87, Low 68.

AW: Tuesday: Mostly sunny, hot. High 91, Low 68.
Wednesday: Cloudy, not as humid, couple of evening showers. High 83, Low 69.

NWS: Tuesday: Mostly sunny then scattered thunderstorms. High 92, Low 68.
Wednesday: Chance of showers then showers likely. High 82, Low 68.

WB: Tuesday: Chance of thunderstorms. High 89, Low 68.
Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 82, Low 69.

WN: Tuesday: Site down.
Wednesday: Site down.

FIO: Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High 87, Low 67.
Wednesday: Rain starting in afternoon. High 79, Low 65.

The weather over Lower Michigan is pretty quiet tonight, however we can see the clusters of thunderstorms popping off over MN and WI. Conditions will slowly become more active over the next couple of days.

EDC 2018 A Weather Winner!

Ever since Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), the country’s largest EDM festival, moved to Las Vegas in 2011, extreme heat has always been an issue. With the festival being held on the weekend closed to the Summer Solstice, high temperatures would often push into the mid 100’s, nearly 110 in some cases during festival weekend, with overnight lows struggling to drop into the 70s (the festival runs overnight, from roughly 830p to 530a), so even without the intensity of direct sunlight, some people can be easily overwhelmed if not properly hydrated.

2018 was a first for EDC Vegas, however, in that they moved it to mid-May, mainly to avoid the intense June heat. So far, this decision has proven to be an excellent one! The daytime highs for Las Vegas the last couple of days have peaked in the low 90s, and temperatures between midnight and 4am were in the low 70s. Also, a cirrus deck moved over the valley in the early evening hours last couple of days, tempering the heat just a bit as well. The wind on night 1 was fairly calm at the festival, while last night’s winds got some decent 20-25mph gusts going through midnight – 1am before settling down just a little bit for the rest of the night. It looks like it will be another windy start to the festival tonight, but certainly nothing like 2012 when gusts of 40+mph caused the festival to shut down due to safety concerns.

There are many factors which can cause a festival experience to go sideways, but thanks to the decision to move it forward a month to avoid the extreme summer heat in Vegas made sure that the weather wasn’t one of them. An absolutely picture-perfect weekend weather-wise!

Morning “Chill” Surprises

As expected, it was plenty warm and dry at Punta Gorda during the day over the last couple of days. What wasn’t expected, however, was the temperature dropping off into the upper 50s each of the last two days. Forecasts had the area only dropping into the mid 60s overnight, which lead to some pretty bad scores. Pretty sure nobody really minded though, considering it got into the 90s in the afternoon. Accuweather took home the win.

Wednesday: High 91, Low 57.
Thursday: High 93, Low 57.
Forecast Grade: C

Punta Gorda, Florida

As thunderstorms roll through VW HQ here, let’s take a peek at the Sunshine State and see if any storms are greeting them this fine evening!

At 1053pm EDT, the temperature at Punta Gorda, FL was 72 degrees under fair skies. Strong high pressure is controlling much of the Eastern Seaboard, keeping everywhere from Cape Cod to Cape Canaveral dry. Some isolated showers have popped up from time to time around the Miami area, as precip rides along the southern periphery of the high pressure. This activity isn’t expected to really make it across the Peninsula to the Punta Gorda area, so dry weather looks to be in store for the next couple of days! Thursday will warm up a couple of degrees as the cloud cover decreases, but still another pleasant day!

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 89, Low 62.
Thursday: Sunny and slightly warmer. High 91, Low 64.

TWC: Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 90, Low 62.
Thursday: Sunny. High 93, Low 63.

AW: Wednesday: Mostly sunny and breezy. High 91, Low 61.
Thursday: Warm with plenty of sun. High 92, Low 63.

NWS: Wednesday: Sunny and breezy. High 88, Low 64.
Thursday: Sunny. High 88, Low 67.

WB: Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 89, Low 63.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 92, Low 66.

WN: Wednesday: SITE DOWN.
Thursday: SITE DOWN.

FIO: Wednesday: Partly cloudy starting in afternoon. High 89, Low 64.
Thursday: Partly cloudy in the morning. High 91, Low 68.

Not much going on in the Southeast currently thanks to that high pressure. Clouds off the Southeast FL coastline might bring some isolated showers to Miami, but not to Punta Gorda.

Manchester, New Hampshire to Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Tomorrow’s road trip is going to be a pretty quick one, only 150 miles from Southern NH to Western MA. It’s over 50% shorter than the road trip I’m actually taking to IL tomorrow to see family. Odd how that works out sometimes.

It will be a relatively short road trip, but unfortunately, it’s going to be a wet one as low pressure is lifting over the Northeast and New England tomorrow. Rain showers will spread into Southern NH overnight and will continue to linger throughout the region tomorrow as we head westward into far southern VT before turning south on I-91 into MA. It’ll be a soggy day as we pull into Pittsfield around noon, and showers will continue throughout the rest of the day.

Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Tonight, we head up to New England and take a gander at what’s happening in the Berkshires of Massachusetts!

At 1054pm EDT, the temperature at Pittsfield, MA was 53 degrees under fair skies. A slow-moving low pressure system is found over the Mid-Atlantic states, spreading copious amounts of rain out ahead of it into the Northeast US and soon, New England. This area of low pressure has been taking its’ sweet time since it developed over the Southern Plains a few days ago and creeped its way into the Deep South. Rain showers will spread over Western MA overnight tonight and last throughout the day Wednesday as the low traverses the Northeast and New England. Rain showers will taper off during the morning hours on Thursday as the low lifts out of New England into Canada, with clouds decreasing throughout the day as weak high pressure moves in.

Wednesday: Rain showers throughout the day. High 57, Low 47.
Thursday: Rain showers in morning, decreasing clouds throughout the day. High 57, Low 42.

TWC: Wednesday: Rain. High 54, Low 46.
Thursday: Morning showers. High 53, Low 45.

AW :Wednesday: Cloudy, a little rain and cooler. High 55, Low 45.
Thursday: Cloudy. High 56, Low 46.

NWS: Wednesday: Rain. High 55, Low 44.
Thursday: Chance of showers, fog early. High 60, Low 45.

WB: Wednesday: Rain. High 54, Low 45.
Thursday: Rain showers. High 52, Low 47.

WN: Wednesday: Cloudy with light rain. High 54, Low 45.
Thursday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers. High 60, Low 45.

FIO: Wednesday: Rain starting overnight, continuing until evening. High 55, Low 44.
Thursday: Early morning showers, foggy overnight. High 53, Low 42.

Yeah… there’s plenty of rain moving in, as seen by the Northeast US radar composite. This low pressure has been slow to move all week, and the next couple of rain-soaked days won’t be any different.