Unseasonably warm conditions continue to be the story across much of the eastern half of the US, as seen in the surface temperature map provided by TwisterData.com for Thursday at 18z (1PM). A large upper level ridge is parked over the area bringing high temperatures in the lower 80s and low temperatures in the 60s. The record for yesterday (March 14th) was 82 set in 1967 and yesterday’s high was 81. These warm conditions will continue for the weekend and early next week. These warm and moist conditions will also produce summer like storms. Expect an increase in chances for your Thursday and Friday as an upper level disturbance moves through the area. These storms will likely not be severe, but heavy rain and small hail are not out of the question. Since the convection will be mostly unorganized you might want to check local radar for the next several days if planning outdoor activities.
By: Dustin Jordan