Monday, August 8, 2011

More heat and lightning than rain increases wildfire threat

Air mass storms continue to fire up in all the heat and humidity and they should taper off in most of Florida by 8 p.m. But if you are in Georgia there is a weak ripple moving through nature's attic that could keep the scattered storms going through 10 p.m. One last round of thundershowers may move through Florida around midnight.

The main threats will be lightning and heavy downpours. Drought conditions continue and the wildfire threat will remain higher than normal throughout the week. We still need 10 to 15 inches of rain to totally rid ourselves of drought conditions and with more scorching heat and lightning than rain we could have a few new fires pop up like we saw on Sunday.

The tropics are quiet. But it will have to be watched closely as another named storm will be likely in the next 7 to 10 days. The Atlantic ocean temperatures have near record warm temperatures and wind shear will start to relax in the next 10 days.

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