Yesterday was a big day for severe storms with over 400 unfiltered reports so far. Wind damage was the main impact and some of the pictures and videos seen on YouTube and Facebook are very amazing. I have to give credit to all weather outlets because the alert was sounded for severe weather and it seems most people were vigilant that severe weather was coming.
Today is not going to be as active of a day, but we will still have several areas of heavy thunderstorms across the country. The map below is a mixture of the TS scale and the HRRR simulated radar. I was just a little creative you can say this morning. The impacts again today will be main damaging wind gusts and some hail.
Looking at the longer range, we are going into a pattern of almost daily severe weather events. The NAO is staying negative which means heat surges across the eastern part of the country and an overactive jet stream across the northern tier of the country for the next 14 days or more. While the Plains will remain dry and hot, it's the areas from the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, Northeast and mid-Atlantic that you have to watch shots of heat followed by severe weather events.
By mid-August, things are going to change some and it appears we could be getting into a somewhat active tropical pattern for the last half of August into September.
No video since I am not in the office again today.
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The band of snow and ice that develops this weekend will be bad in Kansas but more of a nuisance through the Ohio Valley.
As milder weather moves north, it will mean snow will hit the Great Lakes and Northeast today into tonight. California will get more heavy rain.