National Weather Forecast
As a system moves through the central United States Thursday, showers and storms will be possible from the Great Lakes back toward the Rockies. Some showers and storms will be possible across Florida and the Gulf Coast, with increasing rain chances toward Friday morning along the northern Gulf Coast as we watch a potential tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico.
There are portions of the Upper Midwest and the Gulf Coast that could see at least an inch or two of rain through Friday evening. Along the northern Gulf Coast, this would be due to our approaching potential tropical system.
Praedictix Corporate Weather Briefing: Wednesday, June 16th, 2021
Watching The Bay Of Campeche And Gulf Of Mexico. The broad area of low pressure we’ve been tracking the past few days in the Bay of Campeche and over portions of southern Mexico hasn’t moved much over the past few days and remains disorganized as of this morning. Movement will continue to be slow over the next day or so with little additional development. As we head toward Thursday and Friday, this system will finally start to move northward and is likely to become a tropical depression in the western Gulf of Mexico. There is a high chance of formation over the next 48 hours (70%) and the next five days (90%). Model forecasts have this topping off at either tropical depression or tropical storm status if it forms into a tropical entity.
Heavy Gulf Coast Rain. While it will bring some gustier winds and the potential of tornadoes to the northern Gulf Coast, heavy rain appears to be the greatest threat across the region through the weekend. A widespread area of at least 4-8” of rain, with isolated foot amounts, will be possible near and along the northern Gulf Coast through the weekend, which will likely lead to flooding.
Records Out West Yesterday. The record heat continued across the western United States Tuesday, with at least 56 record highs set at National Weather Service climate locations. The high of 107F at Salt Lake City broke the all-time June record, which was previously 106F, and tied the all-time record high.
Excessive Heat Continues. We continue to track record-breaking heat out in the western United States over the next several days, with areas like Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Sacramento under Excessive Heat Warnings. Numerous record highs will continue to fall daily through at least the first half of the weekend.
Heat Safety. Remember to practice heat safety in these areas over the next several days as over the past 30 years heat has been the leading cause of weather fatalities. You can find more information on heat safety from NOAA: https://www.weather.gov/safety/heat
D.J. Kayser, Meteorologist, Praedictix
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– D.J. Kayser