High pressure settling in over the Midwest/Ohio Valley will slowly push a frontal boundary southward through the southeastern U.S. Thursday and Friday. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected along the front, but the most organized and heaviest areas of rain will be across central Florida. A cold front slowly pushing through the north central U.S. will trigger scattered showers and thunderstorms from the Central Plains into the Upper Midwest.
Energy aloft slowly drifting through the Southern Plains will combine with a sufficient supply of Gulf moisture to create continued rounds of heavy rains and thunderstorms across east Texas Thursday and Friday. A cold front dropping south and east through the northwestern corner of the country will spread scattered showers from the Washington/Oregon coasts eastward into central Montana.
There is a slight risk of severe thunderstorms across the central High Plains. Over 100 reports of severe weather were received yesterday including seven tornadoes in Colorado. High winds and hail reports were primarily received from the central High Plains, North Dakota, Texas and Florida.
Before getting in the water, make sure everyone has a clear understanding of their swimming skills and medical conditions and knows how to stay safe. Be sure little children are wearing properly fitted United States Coast Guard approved life-jackets. Remember, the ocean, Gulf of Mexico, Great Lakes are very different from the neighborhood swimming pool. The weather and coastal geography make these bodies of water dangerous places to be if you don’t understand how they behave.