PM Update: Scattered Showers and Storms
Heat and sunshine return on Thursday
Clouds and some light rain through mid-afternoon have limited the severe threat across much of the immediate area, though scattered showers and storms are likely through evening. An isolated severe storm is also possible along with a slight tornado chance, with the greatest odds over east and south portions of the area. One batch of heavier showers approaching from the southwest should arrive during the evening commute. Temperatures that made the low-and-mid 80s won't drop too far overnight thanks to muggy conditions.
Through Tonight: Occasional showers and thunderstorms, some with heavy rain and isolated severe weather, including wind and/or hail and a slight tornado chance, should mostly depart by midnight. An isolated shower is possible after midnight as skies stay cloudy. Temperatures should fall to the upper 60s and low 70s. Watch for some areas of fog by morning.
Tomorrow (Thursday): Heat returns Thursday and it could be quite hot depending on how quickly remaining morning clouds get out of here. We look to run 90 and above everywhere, perhaps low-to-mid 90s with a wind from the west and afternoon sunshine helping out the cause. Can't rule out an isolated late-day shower or storm.
Tornado Alley Germ Center: The Department of Homeland Security has come under fire for quickly choosing a Kansas location to house highly infections pathogens. As (or more) concerning than the tornado risk is the fact that it's close to farmland and animals, both of which could be contaminated should a major problem occur. The new lab is meant to replace an isolated one on a remote island near the eastern tip of Long Island.
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