Thursday 9 a.m.
Much drier air arrived in the Great Lakes region behind a cold front that is getting ready to stall just off the East coast. This most likely means damp weather will be typical tomorrow from central and eastern Virginia to coastal New England. Then, during the weekend, it appears the front will back westward. This will bring more heat to the Middle and North Atlantic states, still with the daily chance for showers and thunderstorms. As the moisture continues to spread westward, the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes will eventually have a scattering of thunderstorms. Most models show a heat wave ridge dominating the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and much of the Northeast by the middle of next week. This video starts with a shock:
More than a quarter of a million lightning strikes were detected in a 24-hour period ending just before 4 a.m. EDT today.
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But that does not mean permanent warmth comes soon