Sunday, May 3, 2015

Warm; Summer-Like Week Ahead; Keeping an Eye on Tropics Late Week into Weekend

(Posted Sunday 5/3 7pm)
Today was beautiful with lots of sunshine and highs generally in the upper 70s. We should break 80 on Monday and hang in that general vicinity for the rest of the week.
Although not expecting any system to bring widespread rain, your typical summertime evening isolated shower or thunderstorm will be possible each evening. The best chance for these looks to be Tuesday and Wednesday. Even then, not everyone will see them.
On a separate note...for the past several days, models have been wanting to form a low pressure system near the Bahamas before taking it north off the southeast coast this weekend. If this system does in fact form, it may acquire some tropical characteristics as it drifts into a slightly more favorable (although still quite marginal) environment. For what it's worth, the first named storm of the 2015 Atlantic Season will be named Ana. Hurricane season doesn't officially begin until June 1st but surely something to keep an eye on. The last time we saw a tropical system this early was May 9th, 2007 with subtropical storm Andrea which formed in the same area.
Image: current infrared satellite image showing the area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms which may become Ana later this week

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