Afternoon highs will be in the lower 90s across northern OK and the mid 90s across southern sections. A few showers and storms will be possible.
Yesterdays high temperatures will not be matched today as a weak front is located south of Tulsa this morning. A few showers and storms will be possible for the next few hours along the far northeastern OK and southeastern Kansas area. Additional storms will form in southern Missouri and move southeast into northern Arkansas. There may be a small cluster of storms moving across the I-40 corridor this morning as a complex of storms that formed in northwestern OK early this morning continues to move east and southeast at 20 mph. The HRRR (Rapid update cycle) from the 4z run brings this complex near OKC and then south of Tulsa by 10am. Only time will tell for sure.
This afternoon highs will be in the lower 90s along with a northeast breeze around 10 to 15 mph before the boundary either moves slowly northward late tonight or totally becomes diffuse with time.
A few models continue to hint at the possibility of a complex of storms moving out of SE Colorado into Western Kansas later tonight and then tracking into northern OK by early Wednesday morning. This would be a welcome sight, but this type of complex would also bring a threat of some wind and hail. We'll keep the pop at 30% for late tonight into Wednesday morning, but this probability could be increased during the next forecast update cycle.
The mid level ridge will result in hot temperatures for the remainder of the week including morning lows in the upper 70s or lower 80s along with afternoon highs in the 99 to 102 range for mainly locations.
The extended holiday forecast calls for highs in the mid to upper 90s on the 4th of July along with a slight chance of storms Monday night into Tuesday morning. The EURO is attempting to bring a system from the Gulf under the ridge, and this would be a good thing! More later.
A visit to the Blue River near Tishomingo has resulted in about a million and 1 chigger bites. We spent Friday and Saturday on the river located east and northeast of Tishomingo with some good friends from Texas. The Blue is a beautiful river with two seasons of fishing including a warm season with the normal fish one would expect, along with the cold season including trout. Yes, trout. Trout are introduced every year into the river and every year a lot of folks fly- fish the Blue during the cold months. I have never fly fished in my life, but I do understand the attraction of using light tackle to land a hard fighting trout.
We didn't do any fishing but did spend quality time floating down the river on tubes while grilling some mighty good food. The copperheads and cottonmouths were a little thick, but as always, if you watch where you walk, everything works out just fine.
Let me encourage you to check out the Blue River. It's about 2 1/2 hours from Tulsa.
If you go, be sure and take precautions against the chiggers. Goodness. They must love me.