Thunderstorms could bring drought relief but also potential Severe WeatherJune 29th, 2012 at 9:33 am by Brandon Redmond under Weather
A weak cold front and disturbance is located across portions of the Upper Ohio Valley and Lower Great Lakes this morning. South of that cold front, strong heating is taking place, including here in the Miami Valley where the temperature at Dayton as of 9:00 a.m. was already 81 degrees!
The heating will cause the atmosphere to become very “unstable” and with the weak cold front near by, there will be the potential for afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. The National Weather Service has placed the Miami Valley under an Elevated Risk for severe weather with the potential for large hail, damaging winds and frequent lightning.
Heavy rainfall will also be possible due to very high dewpoints and plenty of moisture in place. Any rain that does fall will likely be heavy in nature and fall in a short amount of time, but with the drought conditions we are currently experiencing, any rain is better than no rain.
Today will be another hot day across the area with temperatures climbing into the middle to upper 90′s. Tara is calling for a high of 97 this afternoon with heat index values climbing above 100. A Heat Advisory is in effect for the entire Miami Valley with an Excessive Heat Warning in effect for Montgomery County and the city of Dayton through this evening.
Stay with 2 News and Storm Team 2 throughout the day for the latest on the potential severe weather.