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Severe Weather Possible in Upper Midwest & Ongoing Heat Wave

by Jamie Robinson        July 27, 2011  |  12:27 pm  |  Category:

While a large portion of the country struggles with a heat wave, the upper midwest will be dealing with the possibility of strong storms later today and tomorrow.  While tornadoes are possible, the main threat looks to be strong winds and hail.

Day 1 Convective Outlook (also showing current temperatures) 

Day 2 Convective Outlook

 

With any luck, the storms won't do any damage and may provide a brief respite for the upper midwest from the oppressive heat.

Some recent heat related records/stats:

  • Bowling Green, KY (new high for 7/27) of 109°F (old record of 108°F had stood since 1930)
  • Dallas, TX (new high minimum temperature all time) of 86°F on 7/26
  • Speaking of Dallas, they are currently in the middle of their 3rd longest streak (ever) of 100+ days - currently at 25 (record 42)
  • New York City used 1 Trillion Watt Hours of electricity over a 4 day heat wave last week (equals Vermont's total for 2 normal months)
  • Wichita Falls, TX (new high minimum temperature all time) of 88°F (old record was 83°F in 1952) on 7/26
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