7:00 AM | *A slowdown in the normal springtime melting of Arctic sea ice*

7:00 AM | *A slowdown in the normal springtime melting of Arctic sea ice*

This could very well be just a temporary blip, but Arctic sea ice extent has actually crossed into territory in recent days that it hasn’t seen too often in many months. Specifically, Arctic sea ice extent as measured by the European global operational satellite agency (EUMETSAT) has moved into the relatively “normal” range of +/- 2 standard deviations – albeit on the very low side of “normal” for this particular time of year. Arctic temperatures have dropped to below-normal levels in recent weeks after running consistently above-normal for the first four months of the year and this has slowed down the normal springtime melting in that region.

7:00 AM | More rain from later tonight into Friday along with possible thunderstorms as wet pattern continues...weekend looks only so-so

7:00 AM | More rain from later tonight into Friday along with possible thunderstorms as wet pattern continues...weekend looks only so-so

Yet another vigorous upper-level low will head towards the Northeast US over the next couple of days and it will help to generate more rain for the region from later tonight into Friday and there can be thunderstorms mixed into the picture – some of which can be on the strong side.  This system will slowly depart late Friday and the weekend should begin on the dry side; however, occasional showers and possible thunderstorms threaten for Saturday night, Sunday and Monday as well.

7:00 AM | *Ingredients come together today for possible strong-to-severe thunderstorms*

7:00 AM | *Ingredients come together today for possible strong-to-severe thunderstorms*

Ingredients are coming together today for the threat of severe thunderstorm activity in much of the Southeast US including the state of Florida.  First, vigorous upper-level low is developing across the Southeast US and this system will only slowly move to the northeast over the next couple of days.  Second, moisture will be plentiful around here as deep layer southerly flow ahead of a frontal system will tap tropical air over the Caribbean Sea and bring it into this region.  Finally, a strong short wave will help generate surface low pressure over the Midwest and this will contribute to instability in this region.  As a result of this unfolding pattern, thunderstorms later today, tonight and on Thursday can reach strong-to-severe levels in central Florida. 

7:00 AM | More rain from later tonight into early Friday along with possible thunderstorms as wet pattern continues...weekend looking only so-so

7:00 AM | More rain from later tonight into early Friday along with possible thunderstorms as wet pattern continues...weekend looking only so-so

Yet another vigorous upper-level low will head towards the Northeast US over the next couple of days and it will help to generate more rain for the region from tonight into late tomorrow night and there can be thunderstorms mixed into the picture – some of which can be on the strong side.  This system will slowly depart on Friday and the weekend should begin on the dry side; however, occasional showers and possible thunderstorms threaten for late Saturday, Saturday night, Sunday and Monday.

7:00 AM | Cooler today with showers and possibly a strong thunderstorm or two...much warmer again by the weekend, but the threat returns for showers and storms

7:00 AM | Cooler today with showers and possibly a strong thunderstorm or two...much warmer again by the weekend, but the threat returns for showers and storms

Strong upper-level low will continue to impact the weather in the Tennessee Valley as it slowly pushes northeastward from the Southeast US.  The threat for showers and thunderstorms will continue today and tonight, but the temperatures will be noticeably cooler than recent days. Dry weather and warmer conditions are likely to return later this week; however, the weather pattern becomes unsettled again this weekend with the daily chance for showers and thunderstorms and some of those storms can be on the strong side.

7:00 AM | More rain from late tonight into Friday along with possible thunderstorms as wet pattern continues...weekend looking only so-so

7:00 AM | More rain from late tonight into Friday along with possible thunderstorms as wet pattern continues...weekend looking only so-so

Yet another vigorous upper-level low will head towards the Northeast US over the next couple of days and it will help to generate more rain for the region from late tonight into Friday and there can be thunderstorms mixed into the picture – some of which can be on the strong side.  This system will slowly depart on Friday and the weekend should begin on the dry side; however, occasional showers and possible thunderstorms threaten for late Saturday night, Sunday and Monday. 

7:00 AM | More wet weather next few days...mixed outlook for the weekend

7:00 AM | More wet weather next few days...mixed outlook for the weekend

The cold front that passed through the region on Monday has stalled just offshore and low pressure will ride along its boundary zone over the next 24 hours.  This system could generate more showers in the region this evening, but most of its precipitation will stay to our south and east. Upper-level low will then intensify over the Northeast US by Thursday and will likely produce more rain here from tomorrow night into Thursday.  The weather does improve some on Friday as we end the work week and it should be quite nice to start the holiday weekend; however, showers threaten for Sunday night and Monday.

7:00 AM | Wet pattern to continue next few days...mixed picture for the weekend

7:00 AM | Wet pattern to continue next few days...mixed picture for the weekend

The cold front that passed through the region on Monday has stalled just offshore and low pressure will ride along its boundary zone over the next 24 hours and generate more showers in the region later today and tonight.  Upper-level low will then intensify over the Northeast US by Thursday and will likely produce more rain here from late tomorrow into Thursday.  The weather does improve on Friday as we end the work week and it should be quite nice to start the holiday weekend; however, showers threaten for Sunday and Monday.

7:00 AM | Unsettled weather next couple days with strong-to-severe thunderstorm threat...weekend looking decent

7:00 AM | Unsettled weather next couple days with strong-to-severe thunderstorm threat...weekend looking decent

The weather will continue to be unsettled around here over the next couple of days as a large-scale upper-level trough sets up in the eastern US.  Moisture content is sufficient for the chance of showers and thunderstorms across central Florida through tomorrow which is welcome news.  However, some of the thunderstorms that form can be on the strong-to-severe side; especially, later tomorrow and tomorrow night.  A weak frontal passage will bring some drier air into the region during the latter part of the week paving the way for a decent-looking weekend.

7:00 AM | Showers and thunderstorms threaten next couple of days

7:00 AM | Showers and thunderstorms threaten next couple of days

Low pressure rides along a frontal boundary zone from the Gulf region to the Northeast US over the next 12-24 hours and will likely produce more showers in the region later today and tonight along with possible thunderstorms. Another cold front passes through the Tennessee Valley on Wednesday night and this should pave the way for better weather during the second half of the week and it'll turn much warmer by the weekend.