After violent thunderstorms left a trail of damage from Ohio to South Carolina on Tuesday, additional rounds of severe weather threaten to do the same into Thursday.
The corridor from Ohio to South Carolina already started Wednesday off on an unsettled note with the remains of Tuesday's severe weather rumbling.
More potent thunderstorms will once again target the region this afternoon after daytime heating destabilizes the atmosphere.
Similar to Tuesday, the thunderstorms will come in from a rather odd direction: slightly west of north.
Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski stated, "As a result the storms may catch some people off guard as they may think a storm has passed by to the north, when in fact it is approaching from the north."
The main area at risk for potentially damaging thunderstorms this afternoon lies from South Carolina to northeastern Florida. This includes Charleston, S.C.; Savannah, Ga.; and Jacksonville, Fla.
Intense thunderstorms farther north in the vicinity of Ohio will be spottier in nature this afternoon. This evening will turn more volatile as severe thunderstorms from the nation's midsection arrive.
These thunderstorms will then track southward into the Carolinas late tonight into Thursday morning.
The stage will be set for another round of severe thunderstorms on Thursday afternoon and evening.
The strongest thunderstorms through Thursday will be capable of unleashing damaging winds, window-cracking hail and flooding downpours.
Any tornado that touches down would be an isolated event.
Elevated Brushfire Risk Continues
A common occurrence with the thunderstorms will be frequent lightning strikes, go figure! However, while many of the storms will bring drenching rain, a few areas may get a great deal of lightning and practically no rain.
"Because of this the storms could ignite new brush fires," Sosnowski added.
According to Meteorologist Mark Mancuso, "The Honey Prairie Fire has consumed over 90,000 acres and has now spread into northern Florida from Georgia."
This fire and many others burning in parts of the South have been caused by lightning strikes and will lead to smoky conditions in downwind areas.
"The smell of smoke may be most noticeable during the nighttime and morning drive hours. This is when winds are generally light and a temperature inversion tends to trap the smoke in the lowest layers of the atmosphere," Sosnowski said.
A stalled frontal boundary draped across the region will serve as a focal point for each round of severe weather. This boundary separates cool, dry air gracing the Northeast and the steamy air in place across the central and western Gulf Coast area.
The unsettled weather will not end with Thursday. Instead, the arrival of a slow-moving storm system will spark drenching thunderstorms across the region on Friday into the weekend.
The potential for locally dangerous and disruptive thunderstorms will exist over the Midwest during Tuesday and Wednesday.
Despite no longer being a tropical storm or depression, Bonnie will induce daily showers and thunderstorms across the Carolinas into the middle of the week.
After a mild and dry Memorial Day, warmth will build across the northwestern United States.
Rounds of heavy thunderstorms will raise the risk of flooding across the south-central United States into Friday.
Extremely heavy rain fell over the weekend in southwestern Germany, leading to dangerous and deadly flash flooding.
New Yorkers crowded city streets on Monday night in hopes of catching a view of Manhattanhenge, the stunning sunset that occurs twice a year.
Ohio, Pennsylvania Ontario (1985)
Great tornado outbreak, reported to be the worst in Pennsylvania history. Path of destruction included 1,200 homes in Ohio alone. Eighty-nine people were killed and 550 injured. Considered by many to be the worst outbreak in the U.S. since April 3, 1974. The outbreak of tornadoes spun 21 well-defined tracks, one as long as 56 miles. Most of the tornadoes in PA, OH and southern NY were spawned from 9 different storm centers that began in the lower Great Lakes. The most violent tornado ran from Ravenna Arsenal, OH, southeast of Youngstown,OH, a distance of 41 miles to Mercer, PA. An airplane wing was carried 10 miles by the tornado.
Washington, DC (1991)
An average temperature of 73 degrees, making May 1991 the warmest May on record. There were a record 11 days of 90-degree heat.
Walla Walla, WA (1991)
6.63" of rain -- the wettest month in 105 years of record keeping.