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    Northern Rim of Heat Wave Continues to Sponsor Thunderstorms

    July 24, 2012; 9:01 AM ET

    Tuesday 10:20 a.m.

    A frontal zone moving south through the Northeast today will be on a line from Virginia to Illinois tomorrow. The front separates really hot air to the south from more moderate air to the north. Thunderstorms have been breaking out in the boundary zone, and that will continue. Earlier this morning, strong thunderstorms race through the Chicago area causing wind gusts past 60 mph along with sheets of rain. Rainfall in Chicago is now just over the long-term average for the first 24 days of July.

    As a low pressure area develops along the western end of the front then tracks toward the lower Great Lakes, the front will move northward ahead of it and southward behind it. Chicago may face temperatures well up in the 90s tomorrow, with the same thing possible in parts of the Middle Atlantic states on Thursday. Violent thunderstorms can continue to break out in the the frontal zone the next three days... and the area just south of the track of the next low pressure area could have destructive thunderstorms. Here is today's video:

    Thunderstorm activity has been plentiful, and this map shows the lightning strikes recorded from 10 a.m. EDT yesterday through just about the same time this morning. Just over half a million lightning strikes are recorded here. No. Don't ask me to count them (you would need a much larger map to even try!).

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