Monday 6/17 Forecast Discussion

Quite a few of us have seen some pretty strong storms today, with a Severe Thunderstorm Warning even being issued for parts of Kemper, Neshoba, Newton, and Lauderdale Counties early this afternoon. As of 4:00 PM, we have picked up 1.60" of rain at WTOK in Downtown Meridian! Those of us who saw rain were able to make it into the mid 80s before the storms came and cooled us down into the mid 70s, and those of us who stayed dry have stayed in the mid and upper 80s all afternoon. As a pulse of energy continues swinging over us, we will continue with a scattered showers and storms throughout the rest of this afternoon and into the early nighttime hours. By tomorrow, a front should stall somewhere between I-20 and the Highway 82 Corridor, and that will help kick off more showers and thunderstorms very similar to the ones we saw today. As that front exits, we'll keep a good chance of mainly afternoon storms in the forecast for Wednesday. By Thursday, High Pressure and upper ridging look to take control of our weather and that will suppress our rain chances for the end of the week and through the weekend. With that being said, we could still see a few isolated afternoon showers and storms solely due to afternoon heating. In an unrelated note, Tropical Depression 2 has formed in the Western Caribbean. It shouldn't intensify much over the next couple of days as it moves over Central American into the Bay of Campeche, and at this point does not look like it will impact our weather. Be sure to keep the umbrella handy over the next two days in case one of the heavier downpours sets up over you.

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