Still hot & humid, but now with a better chance of rain…July 18th, 2012 at 7:00 am by Jamie Jarosik under Uncategorized, Weather
We’ve seen a few isolated showers and even a couple thunderstorms out there this morning. I was monitoring my Twitter feed around 5am, and many were tweeting about hearing thunder! BUT not many saw rain, unfortunately. A lone thunderstorm did pop up in Montgomery County, and did indeed produce some heavy rainfall… but it fell over SUCH a localized area. Really the cities of Oakwood and Beavercreek got the best of this one. Here is what it looked like on Live Doppler 2X:
When it was at peak strength, it was measuring four miles by six miles… so a very small storm. A better cluster of storms has been moving through Warren County to our south… mainly along/south of I-71. BUT most have not seen any rain this morning, as it has been very isolated this activity has been. A better chance of rain will occur this afternoon as a cold front moves in during the heating of the day. Scattered showers and thunderstorms become more numerous during this time, and will linger into the evening hours. We do have an Elevated Risk for severe storms:
Even if a storm is not severe, it will still have the chance to produce some very heavy rainfall. This same pattern will be with us on Thursday, with scattered showers and thunderstorms… some strong to severe.
Some locations will likely pick up some nice rainfall totals out of this–models advertise well over an inch. BUT as the activity will be scattered, not everyone will cash in on this. Keep Live Doppler 2X handy so you can see where the heaviest rain is falling over the next two days.
As for temperatures… we at least have two more hot and humid days. We did break a record high at the Dayton International Airport yesterday, and a couple other regional locations did as well:
Today we won’t be quite as hot, but with a high of 94, and dew points in the lower 70s… our heat index will again be above 100-degrees. An EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING is in effect for Montgomery County and the rest of the Miami Valley is under a HEAT ADVISORY. Any shower or thunderstorm will cool things a bit this afternoon, but it will remain quite humid. Tomorrow will still be hot and humid, with a high near 90… then… FINALLY on Friday, the humidity will drop as we climb to near-normal values in the mid-80s.