Monday May 28, 2012

Memorial Day Heat

Updated:
6:00A.M. Monday May 28, 2012

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The heat is on across the eastern half of the nation. Yesterday, many places from Texas to Indiana made it up into the upper 90s, and even triple digits. The heat will work its way into New York today and tomorrow.

Today, expect highs to top out around 89. With the humidity, the temperature may feel as high as 95 at times during the afternoon. Make sure you drink plenty of water if you are planning on heading out to to any of the parades today.

Tonight, temperatures will only fall back into the upper 60s, before rising back into the upper 80's tomorrow. Heat indexes will again push 90. There is about a 50% chance of pop-up afternoon thunderstorms both today and tomorrow.

An approaching front on Wednesday will bring increased cloud cover. This should keep temperatures in the lower 80s, but also produce a 70% chance of severe thunderstorms.

The weather will be notably calmer on Thursday and Friday, after the front passes. Highs will only make it up into the mid 70's, and it should be generally partly cloudy.

Tropical Storm Beryl

The second named storm of the hurricane season formed on Friday, and came ashore near Jacksonville, Florida early this morning. Tropical Storm Beryl made landfall with 70 mph winds.. just shy of hurricane strength… at 12:10AM. The storms formation just days after tropical storm Alberto's dissipation marked the first time that two storms formed before the official start of hurricane season since 1908. The only other year recorded to have done this was 1887. Beryl is also the strongest storm to affect the state of Florida since Fay in 2008, which also had wind speeds of 70 mph. Beryl's formation came just one day after Hurricane Bud in the Eastern Pacific became the earliest forming major hurricane in that basin. Bud struck the Pacific coast of Mexico and has since dissipated.

As of 5AM this morning, Beryl was centered over northeast Florida with 50 mph winds, and is expected to turn to the north over Georgia. The storm is expected to reemerge into the Atlantic off the Carolina coast Tuesday night, at which point it may begin to restrengthen as it heads out to sea.

If anything, Beryl should be welcome news for Florida and Georgia as the entire region is under a moderate to severe drought. The areas that Beryl will be affecting need at least nine inches of rainfall to end the drought.. Beryl will generally produce on the order of 4 to 6 inches. The greatest threat has been, and will continue to be, rough surf. Over the past two days, various reports have suggested that at least 50 people have needed to be rescued from rip currents.

The affects of the storm will linger until Friday

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