If you like summertime thunderstorms then you will enjoy the pattern this week! It will be hot and muggy with highs in the upper 80s to near 90 most of the week with high dewpoints in the mid 70s! In addition there will be increasing humidity in the upper levels of the atmosphere making for a prime environment for scattered showers and storms to develop each afternoon.
By Friday this week the humidity in the atmosphere will really increase and this will be the day with the most widespread coverage of storms. Notice how the winds are from the southwest and have concentrated the increased humidity. This is a prime ingredient for widespread showers and storms.
Random chart - Have you ever wondered what the temperature and dewpoint response is like when a thunderstorm or outflow boundary moves through? Here is a chart from our personal weather station near the Wilson area as a storm developed this afternoon. Notice the dewpoint and temperature both rapidly dropped as the outflow boundary moved through. When the rain started the dewpoint quickly spiked back up and the temperature cooled off further. Pretty cool to see this in a graph!
QUIET TROPICS FOR NOW
The tropics have been remarkably quiet so far in August but signs are pointing to activity increasing later this month. We will need to watch the stalled cold front that moves through our area Friday. Oftentimes systems will try to develop at the tail end of these boundaries and some models are hinting at development. We will update be sure to let you know if anything of interest comes up!