Summer begins at 11:54am today!
High pressure will be moving into the region today in the wake of a frontal passage yesterday that brought us another round of severe weather to parts of the region. We’ve had some lingering showers overnight, especially along the west facing slopes, brought on by the northwesterly winds that have cranked up in the wake of the frontal passage. Those winds will pick up any of the lingering low level moisture on the west side of the mountains, push it up the west-facing slopes of the mountains and squeeze it out of the atmosphere in the form of some light rain showers. Temperatures will be in the 70s and 80s today with gusty northwesterly winds continuing but plenty of sunshine and finally dry conditions! The winds will relax tonight as high pressure moves into the region.
Our area will be on the border between cooler and drier air that off to the north and east and the warmer and more humid air to the south and west of the region. As a result, areas of storms will move along that boundary on our Saturday bringing some scattered action to us during the overnight and into the day tomorrow. Each one of those clusters of storms will impact where the subsequent clusters travel. The first cluster coming through overnight may force the boundary far enough back to the south that it lessens the chances for more rounds of showers over the weekend.
Summer officially begins today. I know it’s felt like summer for some time now but we make it official Friday with the summer solstice. The solstice takes place just before the afternoon at 11:54am. 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).
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.
Meteorologist Jason Caterina
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