Updated (7/5) - The heat rolls on... more storms to track...

The 4th of July holiday will feel much like yesterday, with plenty of heat and humidity. We'll also get more scattered storms around to challenge the fragile power restoration operation gaining steam around the tri-state.

Update (7/5 - 10:00am) - Sorry about last night's blog post. The power is still out at the house so I couldn't get to it :-/

Today features a line of showers and storms dropping in from the north (check it out below on the automatically updating maps). These have had a history of causing more power outages, so that is quite unsettling. Temperatures today will make it into the upper 90s with heat indicies over 105. Find some shade, air conditioning, ice, etc.

A recent map from AEP Ohio scheduled many folks to get their power back in the Athens / Gallipolis areas in the next day or so. Unfortunately, these showers and storms are headed right through there today.

Looking ahead to the end of the week, it only gets hotter. Expect highs to approach/top the 100-degree mark as early as today, but primarily Friday through Sunday. Yikes!

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Happy 4th of July!

As a kid growing up, it was always a spectacle heading down to the Hatch Shell along the Charles River in Boston to catch the fireworks, together with the Boston Pops playing the 1812 Overture complete with cannon-fire. It should be on the bucket-list of any fireworks or 4th of July "festivators" :-)

Just trying to start things off on a positive note, because everyone knows the difficult and stressing weather pattern we're in will only continue.

Expect another round of the mid-90s today, only muted if you catch a thunderstorm. These thunderstorms however will cause some power hits-- a trade-off no one is interested in.

Here's the surface map for today:

HPC - Wednesday

There won't be a whole lot of organization with these (again) so we'll just have to wait to see how they pop. Generally we'll be expecting a WNW to ESE track outside of the mountains.

Speaking about the power restoration effort, I'll post the updating outage graphics below for anyone interested in seeing how things are going:

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High temperatures reached the upper 90s yesterday, and will be getting close to that again today. Despite the possibilities of afternoon storms, don't change your plans. The action will be hit and miss, so ballgames and fireworks will likely still happen.

Here are some numbers for the days ahead (from the GFS):

GFS - MaxTemps - Wednesday GFS - MaxTemps - Thursday GFS - MaxTemps - Friday

The way our climate goes, our typically hottest days are ahead of us-- what a frightening thought! Dare I say it: 100-degree temperatures may not be all that far away for us again! Please dispose of all waste/debris properly (ie, no burn piles)... Failure to do so will only leave a fire danger when all the brush dries out.

Technically, the 'dog days' of summer began yesterday, but that just depends on who's counting.

Regional Radar/Satellite with Warnings Tracking

Accuweather Radar

From the Storm Prediction Center (below): Click For a Larger Image

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Have a great day everyone!

-B

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