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Storms in Central Plains, Next West Coast System

This pup tries to cool by taking a swim in Southern Iowa! High temperatures in Des Moines were in the upper 70s but today it will be into the mid 80s.  Definitely swimming weather!  Thanks for Marlo Lundy for sharing her picture with us!

Watching for the development of severe weather once again today.  This time it’s headed into the Central Plains.  Yesterday storms broke out in Colorado including two preliminary reports of tornadoes.  Those storms moved through Oklahoma overnight and lost their punch along the way.  The latest threat area for today looks like this:

Lets head out the head out to the Pacific.  The next approaching storm system is heading towards the Central West Coast.  Expect much cooler air along with clouds and rain starting as early as tonight and continuing into next week.

A massive temperature change over the next few days.  Just a couple of days ago high temperatures in Northern California set new records.  Now with this colder air coming in, we’re faced with the possibility of mountain snow and early morning frost.

Showing the temperature swing in Northern California from today into early next week:

Not only will this system cool down Northern California, but that cool air will even spread across the rest of the region providing some relief from the recent record heat.  Already today, though, it is cooler than Friday and Saturday.

Rainfall totals up to 2 inches in the the Pacific Northwest (also notice it is STILL raining in the Maine – flooding issues there).

Map shows rainfall accumulations over the next 2 days.

Winds will be picking up in the Bay Area today and by tonight there could be gusts up to 30 mph.  The SF Giants will be taking on the Cubs at home today.  The Giants are no stranger to the windy condition when they planned at Candlestick Park many years ago.  Here is an excerpt from

“Wrigley Field has its vines, Fenway Park has the Green Monster, and the Stick had its wind.  Candlestick was legendary for its brutality.  Infielders have had their caps blown off their heads and out to the outfield fence before anybody could lift a hand.  In 1963, New York Mets Manager Casey Stengel took his squad out for batting practice, only to watch a gust of wind pick up the entire batting cage and drop it 60 feet away on the pitcher’s mound.  Fly balls were adventures – Gold Glover Willie Mays would wait for a five-count before getting a jump on fly balls.”

Photo: San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library

Although winds near the bay will be high today, the newer AT&T Park isn’t as susceptible to the effects of high wind gusts.

Have a great week!

Meteorologist Gretchen Mishek

Severe Today in the Central Plains

Sunday Severe Risk. According to SPC, the Storm Prediction Center, parts of the central Plains will experience a few storms with hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes later today.

What To Do During Severe Storms, Tornado Threats. Here’s a great post on tornado and severe storm safety from “What should you do during the threat of severe storms and tornadoes? Here are some pointers from Mark Doyle of Stafford Fire & Rescue:

  • Be prepared. Keep flashlights, batteries, water and other similar supplies in your home. A battery-operated radio is also good to monitor storms.
  • Keep an eye on what’s happening. Watch the weather radar
  • Take shelter. Being in a car is one of the most dangerous places to be during a tornado warning (that’s when a tornado has actually been spotted, vs. a watch, when conditions are prime for a tornado). If you’re driving into the storm, head toward a shelter to wait out the storm.”


Your 7-Point Checklist For Hurricane Season. Some very good advice from “….But even though we have no reason to disagree with NOAA, and even though we’re certainly not pessimists (Friday pessimists? Whoever heard of such?), we would like to mention a couple of things:

1. There have already been two named storms in the North Atlantic before hurricane season officially began.
2. All it takes is one major storm to throw you for a loop — or worse.

The good news about hurricanes is that, unlike some other natural disasters, we can see them coming. In the U.S. we know that they’re most likely to appear during the six months between June 1 and November 30, and once they’re on the map, our meteorologists can predict fairly accurately where they’re going to hit. That means we have time to prepare.”

Beach-Worthy, Pool-Compatible. I’m liking what I see from CPC, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center – forecasting a warm bullseye right over the Upper Midwest for not only the next 6-10 days, but looking out 2 weeks. Map courtesy of Ham Weather.

Proud Papa. Forgive me for 20 seconds while I acknowledge my youngest son, Brett, who just graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. He’s off to Pensacola for basic aviation training. He hopes to fly helicopters, but in reality he’ll fly whatever the Navy wants him to fly. I’m extraordinarily proud of Brett, and all the young men and women who are serving our nation in a time of war.



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