A very hot Fathers day, and possible Danielle...
Here in the northeast, highs in Philadelphia will approach the mid 90s, with upper 80s and low 90s all around the area. The highest temperatures will be further inland, as the ocean should keep the coast in the 70s.
On the opposite end of the nation, the southwest is also sizzling. Temperatures in the Phoenix area may reach 120 today! Excessive heat warnings have been issued across much of Arizona and California, with some of New Mexico, Utah and Nevada included.
The heat isn't confined to just the southwest and the northeast, it includes pretty much the entire nation. This heat should last a few more days in most areas.
Drought conditions have started to emerge in parts of the northeast, and will likely include NYC in the next few weeks. Severe drought conditions have developed in parts of the southeast in the past few weeks, and these conditions will likely continue to worsen.
There is some good news though. The main story over the past few months has been California's drought improvement. While the drought still exists, and is still considered exceptional, there has still been remarkable improvement over the past few months. I think I'll make a longer discussion on the California drought another day.
While it hasn't been as talked about, Puerto Rico too has been in a long-lasting drought. It does now finally look like the drought is going away.
While the weather in the United States isn't especially active, there is an area of tropical interest to look out for.
Below is Invest 94L. If the system becomes a tropical storm its name will be Danielle.
The system still looks pretty disorganized right now, but it could turn into Danielle tonight. Whether or not the system develops, the main impact will be heavy rain on the Mexican coast. Some of the rain may reach southern Texas near the Brownsville area, but any flooding will stay south.
I won't be making a cone for 94L as impacts will be so minimal.
As we head into July and the rest of hurricane season, conditions look good in the Gulf and Caribbean Sea as waters warm, and shear relaxes. I still think that Florida will be the area to watch, because of the law of averages.
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