We’re seeing a bit more activity on the MaxTrack this afternoon. A cluster of strong to severe thunderstorms has been moving south, very slowly, through the afternoon. Otherwise, it’s partly cloudy, hot and humid. Temperatures have reached 90 degrees, yet again and humidity values sit in the low 70s thanks to a more westerly and southwesterly wind flow. Heat index values have climbed into the middle and upper 90s this afternoon.
Conditions will be a little more favorable for thunderstorm development over the coming days. This will be due to the increase in atmospheric moisture, in addition to lower atmospheric pressure. The bubbling cumulus will grow taller each day and will be more numerous. Eventually, clouds will hold enough moisture to start dropping heavy rounds of rain as these storms move at a snail’s pace. Hail will also be a factor and could reach the severe criteria of an inch+ in diameter. Otherwise, it’s the occasional damaging wind gust and a torrential downpour. Lightning also seems to be abundant with the stronger cells. This heightened storm pattern will be apparent through the end of the week and will continue to arrive mostly in the afternoons and late evenings going forward.