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Weather From WRNR with Bob Kucken
June was hotter than ever across the nation, and July is promising plenty of additional summer heat. Next week, we’re seeing signs of an extended, intense and widespread heat wave developing for the Eastern U.S. , expected to last over the next couple of weeks. With the exception of Saturday 7/16, we’re expecting daytime highs of 90 degrees or better beginning Thursday 7/14 and running through the 14 day outlook. Expect higher humidity as well, as the wind flow will be coming in off the Gulf of Mexico. But despite the humidity, the forecast is also for below average precipitation.
Both the European, or ECMWF, and the GFS models are showing the extreme heat developing early in the week of 7/17 and growing hotter and covering more of the nation through the week.
Here are some heat wave safety tips – stay cool…remember this?
We’ve got a pretty dry Easter forecast in store for the day, although clouds will increase especially in the afternoon. A period of rain will likely develop into the evening and taper off as showers into Monday. Overall the week is pretty dry until late Thursday and Friday. We will see late week highs into the low 70s before a strong cold front comes into play for next weekend and Monday 4/4…highs in the 40s will take us 15-20 degrees below normal for a few days even with plenty of sunshine. As temperatures moderate again through late next week, showers chances increase Thursday 4/7 through Saturday 4/9.
Pollen s becoming a factor in the Eastern Panhandle now that buds are bursting and Spring is coming alive! Tree pollen is a big deal this week with high to very high levels iin the forecast, along with breezy conditions that will keep it moving through the air until we see some showers again around Thursday night.
With the beginning of Spring comes the annual review of what you need to know to stay safe during severe storm season. Share these links and points with family, friends and co-workers at any time and various times throughout the season.
Maryland Severe Storms Awareness Week March 21st – 25th, 2016 – –
West Virginia: Severe Weather and Flood Safety Week – March 21-25, 2016
Virginia: Tornado Preparedness Day: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
*****VIRGINIA TORNADO DRILL AT 945 AM TUESDAY MARCH 22ND*****
TOMORROW, TUESDAY MARCH 22, 2016, IS TORNADO PREPAREDNESS DAY IN VIRGINIA. AT 945 AM, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL CONDUCT A STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL. ALL NWS OFFICES SERVING VIRGINIA WILL ISSUE DRILL TORNADO MESSAGES AT THAT TIME. THE PURPOSE OF THIS DRILL IS TO PROVIDE SCHOOLS, BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS OF THE COMMONWEALTH WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACTIVATE AND TEST THEIR EMERGENCY PLANS FOR TORNADOES.
…VIRGINIA TORNADO DRILL INFORMATION… THE VIRGINIA TORNADO DRILL WILL UTILIZE A TEST TORNADO WARNING… JUST AS IN 2015. ALL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES WILL ISSUE THIS TEST TORNADO WARNING UNDER THE STANDARD TORNADO WARNING PRODUCT. NOAA WEATHER RADIO WILL TRANSMIT THE TEST WARNING AS IT NORMALLY WOULD FOR A REAL TORNADO EVENT. AND THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM (EAS) WILL ALSO BE ACTIVATED AS IF THE DRILL WERE AN ACTUAL TORNADO WARNING. HOWEVER…THE PRODUCT TEXT WILL CLEARLY INDICATE THAT IT IS A TEST, AND NOT AN ACTUAL TORNADO WARNING. THEREFORE, ANYONE RECEIVING THE TORNADO DRILL VIA NOAA WEATHER RADIO, OR COMMERCIAL RADIO AND TELEVISION, WILL BE ABLE TO KNOW THAT THE ACTIVATION IS FOR TORNADO DRILL PURPOSES.