Active weather in the “ring of fire” across the Great Lakes/Mid-Atlantic/NE US
While the middle of the nation experiences high heat and humidity, the Mid-Atlantic region and Northeast US have enjoyed an overall comfortable weather pattern featuring pleasant temperatures and low humidity. The winds in the upper part of the atmosphere across the northeastern states have been consistently in a northwesterly direction during this favorable weather pattern resulting in comfortable temperatures and humidity. This persistent northwesterly flow of air is in a region on the outer perimeter of the strong high pressure ridge that I like to refer to as the “ring of fire” as it often becomes very active with heavy rain and strong thunderstorms – and that is indeed the case today and will be for the next couple of days.
A batch of heavy showers and embedded strong thunderstorms is currently impacting the eastern Great Lakes and northwestern sections of the Mid-Atlantic region. This activity will continue to drop to the south and east in coming hours and the rest of the Mid-Atlantic region and parts of the Northeast US can experience off and on showers and thunderstorms from later tonight into the upcoming weekend. While there will be much rain-free time in this period, any rain that falls from later tonight into the weekend can be heavy at times across the Great Lakes/Mid-Atlantic/Northeast US.
Meteorologist Paul Dorian
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