|Today's Weather Outlook|
UPDATED 8 AM EDT, July 20, 2012
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen
|The conclusion of the work week will be stormy along the East Coast, Rocky Front Range and the Pacific Northwest. Sandwiched in the middle will be more dangerous Plains heat, while residents in the Desert Southwest enjoy a tranquil end to the week.|
WeatherBug Meteorologist Kristin Clark has the latest in her exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.
Flooding rain and a rash of severe thunderstorms will pepper the Interstate 95 corridor across the Mid-Atlantic, with additional fresh thunderstorms also rumbling across the southern Appalachian Spine, Mid-South and extending into the Lower Mississippi Valley this afternoon and evening. The biggest concern within the thunderstorms will be destructive wind gusts, with large hail and an isolated tornado not out of the question.
Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Richmond, Va., Nashville, Tenn., Atlanta, Birmingham, Ala., Charlotte, N.C., and Jackson, Miss., could all be in the path of dangerous thunderstorms today. If there were good news to go along with this, it is that temperatures will only rise into the 70s and 80s. The exception will be for residents from the Tennessee to Lower Mississippi valleys, where 90s to near 100 degrees will rule.
Even the northern Rockies and Intermountain West will be at risk for powerful thunderstorms today. Thunderstorms producing damaging winds will be the primary concern from Spokane, Wash., to Missoula, Mont., with drenching downpours, frequent lightning and large hail additional impacts. The wet weather will extend all the way to the Interstate 5 corridor in the Northwest with a few downpours and thunderstorms ruining outdoor aspirations.
The only other weather hiccups will be found along the Rocky Front Range and Dakotas into the Upper Midwest. Here, showers and a few fresh thunderstorms will roll across the landscape, bringing the risk for damaging wind gusts and large hail.
The rest of the U.S. will enjoy quiet weather for the conclusion of the work week. The main issue will be the dangerous heat and high humidity stretching the length of the Plains under bright late-July sunshine.
The U.S. west of the Mississippi River will roast in 90- and 100-degree heat, except across the Colorado Rockies and along the Interstate 5 corridor. Here, the mercury will only climb into the 60s, 70s and 80s.
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