We have tropical storms Bret and Cindy while all-time records are threatened in Southwest

Written by on June 20, 2017 in Summer 2017, Tropical, United States of America with 0 Comments

The tropics grabbed our attention over the weekend and continues to do so with the development of Tropical Storm Bret to the east of the Lesser Antilles and now newly named tropical storm Cindy in the Gulf of Mexico. This is the first time in 49 years we’ve two simultaneous named storms in the Atlantic before July.

Brian McNoldy

Bret formed from an unusually strong African wave. Something you don’t typically see until August and September.

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Credit: weather.com

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This same will bring big rains to the mid Gulf Coast.

NAM drives a 50kt system into the coast Thursday/

The Desert Southwest is under a blowtorch sun and in the midst of an historic pre-monsoon heatwave. This typically hot region tends to be hottest during June/July ahead of the monsoon as humidity levels are at their lowest and therefore the sun’s energy all goes into heating the air rather than evaporation.

The big heatwaves of the last 10 years all occurred beneath exceptionally powerful upper level ridges, usually above 594dm. The modelling takes heights over central Arizona to 597dm, hence why Phoenix, Vegas, Palm Springs and other cities are threatening their all-time records.

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