Another round of showers and storms this afternoon will bring some heavy rain & possible flooding.
Yet again storms popped up right as forecasted yesterday afternoon with some heavy rain associated with them. It was warm, it was humid, and it will be again today which will help to energize the atmosphere ahead of the storms this afternoon.
The nearly stationary front that’s been lingering just north of the region over the last couple of days will remain there once again and will be the catalyst for more showers and thunderstorms especially this afternoon. With plenty of moisture in the atmosphere to work with some of the storms could put down some blistering rainfall rates. Of course we’ve had so much rain over the last week any bout of heavy rain will have the potential to create flash, or poor-drainage flooding especially considering showers and storms are in the forecast again today and tomorrow. The cumulative effect of the repeated rounds of rain will be the heightened chance for that potential flooding. Any heavy rain will be suspect to create rapid runoff and flash flooding. With the ground saturated the runoff will flow rapidly toward the lowest point thru the path of least resistance. Remember never try to cross flooded areas unless it’s absolutely positively your last resort. It only takes a few inches of rapidly running water to knock you down and carry you away and 6-12” to send your car downstream. Most flooding deaths occur in vehicles, don’t become a statistic, turn around, don’t drown.
It’s that time of year that I need to remind folks to please, NEVER leave your kids or pets in the car. The interior of your car will heat up extremely quickly and reach dangerous, if not deadly, levels in a very short period of time. If you want to take the dog for a car ride than make it a dedicated ride for them, don’t stop for groceries or to pick something up. It only takes a few minutes for the temperature in your vehicle to reach those dangerous levels. If you have a small child be sure you double check the back seat when you get out.
The Meteorological Summer began June 1st and goes until August 31st. These are the three warmest months of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. In case you were wondering the Astronomical Summer or summer solstice is on June 21st at 11:54 am. That is when the direct rays of the sun are over the Tropic of Cancer. This is the day with the most amount of daylight (described as the longest day of the year even though there are still only 24 hours in each day).
Meteorologist Jason Caterina
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