Monday, May 30, 2011

Sizzling Summer Pattern To Challenge Record Highs

Noon Tuesday Update... The WeatherNinja brought up a good point on twitter today.  The ground may be too wet to allow temperatures in the mid and upper 90s.  It's a very valid point, but with each day, the ground will dry.  Watch the model high and the actual high each day and see how close they are!

In case you missed it, all the entries to the 2011 Summer Contest are posted on a special page which can be accessed by clicking on the link in the bar above.  Also, check out the "Weather Geeks Anonymous" section.  It's quite entertaining and needs your involvement.  Check out how you can participate!

The beginning of meteorological Summer is Wednesday June 1st and there's no doubt it will feel like it.  As a matter of fact, we will challenge record high temperatures for several days as highs will approach the mid and maybe even upper 90s in some locations.  With the added humidity, the heat index temperature could be close to 100 during the peak heating of the day.

The jet stream which brought the stormy weather lately has retreated to the north and a strong ridge of high pressure is in place.  Storm systems will track up and over the strong ridge in place keeping Arkansas dry, hot, and humid for awhile.   There are  signs some isolated pop up showers and storms could develop down the road, but the chance is slim!  Some of the computer models are even hinting at some tropical development as we go into the first and second week of June.  The official start of the Atlantic tropical season is June 1st so this has to be watched.

GFS valid late this week showing a stagnant pattern.

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