|Today's Weather Outlook|
7:45 AM EDT, May 21, 2012
UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West
|A big Western U.S. warm up, Eastern and Central U.S. summer-like thunderstorms and Alberto looming off the Carolina Coast are all signs that summer is fast approaching for the contiguous U.S. Only those in the Northwest will be left out of the warm up, with downpours rushing ashore to start the week.|
WeatherBug Meteorologist Todd Nelson has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.
Typical summer-like weather will dot large stretches of the Eastern Seaboard today. A smattering of thunderstorms will expand and drift from Texas all the way to Massachusetts and New York. However, the main weather item of interest will be Alberto looming dangerously close to the Carolina Coast. All together, the eastern rainfall will ease drought concerns from the Southeast to New England while Alberto brings downpours, gusty winds and potentially large swells and increasing rip tides to the immediate Carolina coast.
Even through a cloud-filled and stormy sky, the mercury will surge into the 70s and 80s from Maine to Texas. Even a few lower 90s will pop up across South Texas, and along the Deep South`s Gulf Coast, where showers and thunderstorms will be hit-or-miss. The only cool spot will be found in eastern New England, where temperatures will hover in the 60s thanks to an onshore breeze.
The only other weather interruptions in the U.S. will be found along the southern Rockies Front Range and the Pacific Northwest. Nuisance showers and a few strong thunderstorms will bubble across New Mexico and Colorado, while an organized low pressure system will bring a wave of downpours onto the Interstate 5 corridor from Oregon to Washington. More than a few outdoor plans will be ruined.
The chilliest temperatures will be found along the Interstate 5 corridor, with 50s and 60s common. The southern Rocky Front Range will see highs reach into the 70s and 80s, except upper 60s over the highest peaks.
The Nation`s best weather will be found in California, the Great Basin, Desert Southwest, and from the Plains to western Great Lakes. Brilliant sunshine will boost temperatures through the 80s and 90s for most of the West, with triple-digit heat broiling the Desert Southwest and southern California. Not too shabby 60s, 70s and 80s will cover the Great Plains to the Great Lakes.
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