Wednesday 7/8/20 – Afternoon Severe Weather Update

Good afternoon! Just a quick update post regarding the potential for severe weather this afternoon and evening as I’m working for a large part of those hours and thus my ability to send updates in the event of any severe weather approaching the area will be limited at best.

A stray shower or thunderstorm can’t be ruled out before 3 pm, after which the chance for showers and thunderstorms will be on the increase. The bulk of the severe weather activity will likely remain to our north, but the Dracut area could potentially see a strong or severe thunderstorm depending on how things play out. The timeline for strong to severe storms region-wide is roughly 3 to 10 pm. Strong to damaging winds are the main severe weather hazard, with a few instances of large hail not out of the question. Very heavy rain is possible in any storm, which could lead to flash flooding. Frequent lightning is also possible. Again, I’ll do my best to post updates when possible, but I can’t guarantee anything so keep an eye to the sky, and have a way to get watches and warnings if any are issued.

Despite very hot temperatures (high 92) and high humidity (dew points around 70), tomorrow will likely stay dry with only a slight chance of a shower or thunderstorm. A period of very heavy rain is likely at some point Friday into Saturday associated with a low pressure system that could develop into a tropical storm. Friday evening into Saturday will most likely be a washout, although some model guidance is indicating that there is at least some chance the second half of Saturday could dry out a bit and make Friday daytime the center of the heavy rain. Still a few days to go to see how things time out.

Have a great day!
-Nathan

Published by Nathan Coram

Hello! I'm Nathan Coram, a 19 year old meteorology student and weather geek, and am going into my junior year at UMass Lowell as a meteorology major. I am the current Vice President of the UML American Meteorological Society Local Student Chapter. Prior to at UML, I attended the Dracut school system for my K-12 years, having graduated from Dracut High in 2018. I first got into weather with the December 2008 ice storm, which knocked out my electricity for 4 days. I had no idea how it could be raining and becoming ice immediately, and how rain can knock out power. (Now I do - warm layer aloft, cold air at surface). But I didn't really get into it until the heat of July 2010 and specifically a few severe weather events during that month, followed by the year 2011, which featured several high profile weather events. Since then I have had a growing interest, and am hoping to make it into the meteorology field, preferably with NOAA/NWS. But for now, I'm blogging here, helping with the UML Weather Center social media, and tweeting about the weather on my own account as well. Thanks for visiting!

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