7:00 AM | Update on the weekend solar storm; highs near 90 degrees next couple of days with a significant rain threat thanks to monsoonal moisture

6-Day Forecast

Today

Partly sunny, hot, chance for showers and thunderstorms late, some of the rain can be heavy, highs near 90

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, mild, more showers and thunderstorms likely, some of the rain can be heavy, low 60’s for lows

Tuesday

Partly sunny, very warm, chance for showers and thunderstorms, near 90

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, mild, chance for a shower or thunderstorm, low 60’s

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, very warm, chance for a shower or thunderstorm, near 90

Thursday

Mostly sunny, hot, chance for a shower or thunderstorm, low 90’s

Friday

Mainly sunny, hot, chance for a shower or thunderstorm, low 90’s

Saturday

Mainly sunny, very warm, near 90

Discussion

A long-lasting geomagnetic storm did occur over the weekend as a result of the coronal mass ejection (CME) from Thursday’s X-class solar flare. At first the CME’s impact seemed relatively weak, but then conditions in the wake of the CME became somewhat stormy with satellites in geosynchronous orbits exposed to solar wind plasma according to NASA Goddard scientists. Also, northern lights were visible over the weekend (where the skies were clear) as far south as Colorado, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska and across many northern US states from Maine to Washington.

In general, it looks like a pretty hot week around here with enough monsoonal moisture around for some shower and thunderstorm activity through much of the week. Subtropical moisture will, in fact, increase the chances for some heavy shower and thunderstorm activity today and tomorrow with high temperatures ending up within a few degrees of 90.

Video

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