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Severe Weather Today; Tropical Storm Cristobal; Dangerous Heat Over the Southwest

Clusters of strong to severe thunderstorms are possible today from parts of the northern and central Plains east into the northern Mid Atlantic. Tropical Storm Cristobal will meander over the Bay of Campeche before lifting north across the Gulf of Mexico on Friday. Excessive heat is forecast Wednesday and Thursday over the Desert Southwest including Phoenix and Las Vegas. Read More >

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Radar Legend Lightning Legend Flight Category:
VFR  MVFR
IFR  LIFR
Weather Shading:
Convective   Freezing
Winter   Smoke/Ash
Liquid   Fog/Haze


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