As a storm system slices through the Midwest, severe thunderstorms are expected from Omaha to Chicago tonight into Thursday.
A potent disturbance ejecting from the Rockies will spread rain across the Dakotas and Midwest today. Meanwhile, unusually warm air will stream northward ahead of a cold front.
These ingredients will combine to spark intense thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow. While the wet and stormy weather should stay west of Chicago through tonight, storms can arrive later tomorrow afternoon and be strong to severe.
The commute home Thursday could turn treacherous. In particular, I-90, I-94, and I-55 could have slow traffic due to torrential downpours.
Strong winds high in the atmosphere and very cold air aloft will make damaging winds and large hail the main threats, although an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
After sunset, the threat should transition away from severe weather as a steady rain develops through the night. Drier and breezy weather should arrive by Friday.
Rounds of drenching showers and heavy thunderstorms will heighten the risk of flash flooding across the northeastern United States through the final weekend of July.
Tropical Storm Nida threatens to bring flooding rain to the Philippines into this weekend with future impacts on China and Taiwan.
As several large fires continue to rage across the western United States, weather conditions will gradually improve for firefighting efforts in the upcoming week.
Additional downpours are likely to roll across northern New Jersey and further suspend play during the late rounds at the 98th PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club this weekend.
A tropical wave approaching the Caribbean Sea will attempt to reactivate the Atlantic Basin during the first week of August.
A hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people crashed in central Texas on Saturday morning. Authorities say there appears to be no survivors.
Thunderstorms with heavy rain flood and washed out many roads across the northeastern part of the state.
Columbia, SC (1991)
July 1991 became the wettest month ever with 17.46" of rain. The old record was 16.72" set in August 1949.
Gulf Coast (1995)
Tropical storm Dean entered the Texas coast near Galveston, TX. Galveston reported a wind gust of 51 mph, but just 0.54" of rain. Coastal roads were flooded across Louisiana.