Valid Saturday, July 04, 2015 to Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Summary of Forecasts and Hazards
US Hazards Outlook
NWS Climate Prediction Center College Park MD
EDT July 01 2015Synopsis
: A series of cold fronts are forecast
to impact the central and eastern part of the Lower 48, while upper-level high
pressure is expected to impact regions from the Southwest U.S. to mainland
Alaska, especially early in the period. Low pressure is expected to bring
active weather to the Aleutians and far western Alaska lasting into Week-2.
Parts of the Southwest are expected to see more active weather associated with
the start of the monsoon season over the next one to two weeks.
Detailed Summary For
Saturday July 04 - Wednesday July 08:
- Much above-normal temperatures for parts of the
Northwest, Sat-Wed, Jul 4-8.
- Heavy rain for parts of eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas, and the Tennessee River
Valley, Sat, Jul 4.
- Heavy rain extending from parts of the Southwest northeastward to Kansas,
Mon-Tue, Jul 6-7.
- Enhanced wildfire risk for parts of mainland Alaska, Sat-Wed, Jul 4-15.
- Slight risk of much above-normal temperatures for parts of the interior
Northwest and Northern Rockies, Thu-Wed, Jul 9-15.
- Ongoing, likely, or possible flooding across parts of the Midwest,
mid-Mississippi Valley, and the Southern Plains.
- Severe drought for parts of the western third of the CONUS, and southern
At the beginning of this period, an
upper-level ridge is forecast over the western third of the CONUS, with a
trough downstream centered near the Great Lakes. This pattern favors much
above-normal temperatures across parts of the Northwest for this entire period.
Some of these areas may experience temperature anomalies approaching 16 degrees
F or greater above climatology, especially early in the period. Because of the
long duration of these anomalously warm temperatures, people outdoors or
without air conditioning should take precautions.
Over the central and eastern CONUS, a stalled frontal boundary at the
beginning of the period is expected to focus locally heavy rainfall over parts
of the Tennessee Valley, extending westward to eastern Oklahoma. The threat for
heavy rain is greatest on Saturday where the hazard is depicted, with increased
uncertainty beyond that, as the frontal zone is forecast to slowly move north
as a warm front ahead of the next shortwave trough and associated surface low.
Within the depicted hazard, some areas could receive up to 2 inches of rain in
Over the southwestern CONUS, a combination of remnant cold fronts and
increased monsoonal flow out of the south is likely to lead to periods of
locally heavy rain, spreading northward later in the period. Today's model
guidance is in better agreement depicting an area where over 2 inches of rain
is likely on Monday and Tuesday. This region extends from the New
Mexico/Arizona border northeastward to Kansas where surface low pressure
development is forecast along a stalled frontal zone. After Tuesday,
uncertainty increases, though the pattern remains favorable for near- to
above-median precipitation across parts of the Southwest extending into the
The southeastern CONUS is expected to remain near or southeast of the
frontal zone, meaning hot and humid conditions are likely. The latest guidance
continues to suggest that heat index values will not warrant a depicted hazard
at this time.
As a forecast upper-level trough swings through southern Canada during the
period, surface low pressure and an associated cold front are expected to
impact the northern Plains, upper Midwest, and Great Lakes, resulting in
cooler-than-normal temperatures and increased rain chances during the middle
and latter parts of the period. Currently there is insufficient model support
for a heavy rain hazard.
Warm and dry conditions are anticipated across much of mainland Alaska,
increasing chances for wildfire risk across parts of this area during this
period as well as Week-2. Active weather is likely over the Aleutians during
the period, though no additional hazard depiction is warranted. For Thursday
July 09 - Wednesday July 15:
Little change is needed from yesterday's
Week-2 hazards outlook, with the low-frequency tendency toward warm conditions
in the Northwest continuing through the period. However, only a slight risk is
depicted as the pattern is forecast to deamplify toward climatology fairly
early in the period. Some of this deamplification, however, is likely due to
ensemble averaging at longer lead times.
The enhanced fire weather hazard in Alaska continues during this period,
despite a notable deamplification by both deterministic and ensemble forecasts.
This is due in part to the potential for increased convection due to falling
mid-level heights, which can contribute to an increased risk of wild fires
caused by cloud to ground lightning strikes.
The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor, valid on June 23, indicates a small
increase (from 13.62 to 14.31) in the percentage of the CONUS in severe to
exceptional drought (D2-D4).
Forecaster: Stephen Baxter
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