|Today's Weather Outlook|
UPDATED 8 AM EDT, May 24, 2012
UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West
|The U.S. is in for another day of active weather today as spring winds down and summer quickly begins. Severe storms will roar through the Upper Midwest as showers and thunderstorms will be scattered across large stretches of the East. Scorching conditions feed wildfires in the Southwest while residents in the Northwest also keep the umbrellas handy.|
WeatherBug Meteorologist Kristin Clark has the latest in her exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.
A clash of cool, dry air and warm, moist air along a cold front will continue its move into the Upper Mississippi Valley today. This will trigger severe storms capable of producing large hail and damaging winds from Kansas City to Duluth, Minn. Behind this cold front, temperatures should stay in the 70s and 80s the Central Plains. Ahead of cold front, highs should surge into the 80s from the Southern Plains all of the way into the Great Lakes. Pockets of 90-plus highs will settle across Texas and the Deep South.
Locations across the Desert Southwest and Southern Rockies will remain windy, hot and dry, keeping the threat of wildfires elevated. Temperatures will spike into the 90s and 100s under a blazing late May sun.
Scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms with locally heavy rain, wind, and hail could pepper anywhere from Florida to Vermont. Despite the widespread rain and clouds, temperatures across the East will be relatively warm, with upper 80s in the Southeast, and upper 70s and lower 80s throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
Cool and wet weather could put a damper on outdoor plans in the Northwest. Many locations will see cloudy skies with showers. Temperatures won`t rise much, as the 50s and 60s will be common. Some snow is even possible along higher elevations in the Northern Rockies.
Elsewhere, the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley will see bright May sunshine with temperatures warming well into 80s. Highs along the California coast will hit the 60s and 70s, with 80s and 90s farther inland approaching the Memorial Day weekend.
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