Mother Nature will set off some fireworks of her own the day before the Fourth of July.
In a scene that has become all too familiar across parts of the country over the past week, another round of severe thunderstorms will be on the prowl later today, this time targeting the central and eastern Great Lakes region.
Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo and Toronto are among the major cities at risk for a brief, but powerful blast of strong winds, severe enough to cause power outages and knock down trees.
Chicago, though on the western edge of the severe weather threat area, could still have a gusty storm today.
The worst of the storms are expected this afternoon into early tonight, but storms will be ongoing during the morning hours in many areas. Downpours, lightning and gusty winds will greet numerous commuters this morning across the central Great Lakes.
A nearly stationary front that has been the focus for storms over the past several days, including Friday's derecho, will again be the culprit today. In fact, the front will begin to edge north and east, allowing more intense heat and humidity to expand across the Midwest and mid-Atlantic.
The heat and humidity will provide the fuel for the storms, while the front will act as the match.
Following the round of storms that will start the day, AccuWeather.com meteorologists expect another large complex of thunderstorms to form by late this afternoon over eastern Michigan and southern Ontario.
The storms, which could eventually resemble an outstretched bow, will then advance across lakes Erie and Ontario into northern Ohio, northwestern Pennsylvania and upstate New York through the evening hours.
In addition to the very real possibility of wind damage, storms will contain flooding downpours and frequent lightning. These staples of summertime thunderstorms are dangerous in their own right, without the benefit of wind gusts.
Small hail, probably not large enough to cause damage, is also a possibility.
A real summertime pattern will precipitate the threat of storms across other parts of the nation today as well.
Showers and storms will bubble up throughout the day in a popcorn fashion across the Southeast.
A front emerging into the northern Plains will also have the potential to spark some powerful storms late today into tonight, in cities such as Glasgow, Mont., and Minot, N.D.
Unfortunately for those planning on attending festivities and fireworks, some storms will linger into Independence Day. Those storms in the Northeast, perhaps leftover from tonight's activity, could turn severe.
Severe storms are shifting eastward Wednesday afternoon delivering strong wind, heavy rain and hail.
So far this year California has seen 1,569 wildfires, 85 percent more than in an average year.
The Memorial Day weekend will begin cool, windy and rainy in New England and part of the mid-Atlantic.
GOES-East failed again late Tuesday. It is one of the main satellites meteorologists use for the eastern part of the United States and the tropical Atlantic.
On the two-year anniversary of the EF-5 tornado that leveled Joplin, Mo., the town has deployed assistance to Moore, Okla.
The tornado tore through a path 17 miles long on Monday and had wind speeds as high as 200 mph.
Liberal, KS (1933)
A powerful F4 tornado (winds 207-260 mph) hidden in a dust storm devastates the business district. 4 people were killed and 150 were injured. Tornado estimated to be 600 yards wide at times.
Waterville, ME (1832)
Kennebec Flood discharged 140,000 cubic feet of water per second -- high stage not equalled until 1901, and not exceeded until 1936.
New Brunswick, NJ (1804)
Tornado destroyed 2 barns, 1 hotel and 3 houses. "The damage done in this village cannot be less than $1,500 or $2,000." New York Evening Post, June 5, 1904.