More Hot Air

Thursday, August 18th 2011, 6:28 am
By: News On 6

Expect another chance of showers and storms today along with highs in the upper 90s to near 103. 

A few showers occurred overnight and a few of these scattered showers and storms will remain across eastern OK through the 9AM to 10AM hour.  

The weak boundary remained close enough to the region yesterday to promote a few showers and storms along with an increase of cloud cover.  The temperatures remained on the toasty side with highs near 99 in Tulsa and triple digits south of the I-40 corridor.  Another chance of a few showers and storms will be possible today with highs in the upper 90s or near 100 to 102 as the boundary moves northward as a warm front soon. The clouds may limit some heating in localized areas but by this afternoon the heat should return to most areas. A few afternoon storms may also form with daytime heating combined with outflow boundaries near the region.  

The mid level ridge will be close enough to keep the heat turned up with highs this Saturday approaching 100 to 108 and morning lows in the mid 70s. The southwest surface wind Saturday afternoon may allow these temps to soar before a weak boundary approaches Saturday evening into Sunday.  I will bring the boundary into the area Sunday with a north wind and slightly lower daytime highs in the upper 90s.

 The ridge will retrograde or move more west early next week and this will be a good thing by allowing another chance for a few fronts to move southward into the northern and eastern part of the state by the middle to end of next week. The drought will remain but some additional scattered showers or storms will be possible at times along with highs closer to the average for this time of the year by the end of next week.

The tropics continue to be of interest.  The GFS and EURO is continuing to blow up a tropical wave into a full fledge system this weekend near the Leeward Islands and then brings the system near Cuba by Monday.  This system has yet to form but the signal is very strong in the model data and areas from the Caribbean to the Florida Keys will be paying close attention to the forecast through the weekend into early next week.

There's another disturbance currently located south of Jamaica that may become a tropical depression in the next 24 hours before moving into Central America.