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Heat Building and Strong to Severe Storms

A building ridge of high pressure will produce possible record heat and extremely humid conditions over the next several days. The summer heat wave is already present in the south Plains, will expand across the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast and then shift into the Desert Southwest. Meanwhile, a cold front may trigger strong to severe storms w/ heavy rain from the Great Lakes to the south-central Plains Read More >

Overview

The region was located between an exceptionally warm air mass over the Southeastern States and an unseasonably cool air mass located over the Northern Plains States.  At the surface, this was delineated by a weak quasi-stationary boundary that roughly extended from the lee of the Rockies into the Southern Plains across the Mid-Mississippi Valley into the Northeastern states.  Being on the western edge of the surface high pressure, the region was continually being fed by the warm and moist air mass from the Gulf of Mexico.

The upper level pattern was dominated by a ridge over the Southeastern States and eastern Gulf of Mexico while a longwave trough was centered along the West Coast.  Every 2-3 days, a storm system would be ejected from the West Coast trough only to replaced by another storm system digging southward from Alaska. As these systems ejected from the trough, they would cause a surface low to form in the lee of the Rockies that would then move up the front towards the Great Lakes into the Northeastern States.  This produced several rounds of severe weather as well as heavy rainfall.

 

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