Thunderous Afternoon here and in San Diego

Electric Afternoon in More Ways than One

It’s a tough job being a meteorologist on duty here at Newschannel 3 and WSAZ.COM. On the one hand, Todd and I are tracking two clusters of severe thunderstorms capable of producing high winds and hail. On the other hand, Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate are battling mano y mano in the US Open Golf Playoff.

Locally, our atmosphere is super charged with high octane air (brow dripping humidity) on the construction line and a gusty wind (lots of energy in the atmosphere) poolside for the kids. That tandem means fast moving thunderstorms are prowling the region. Until 11 PM, we are under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch so keep the kids playing close by just in case.

I expect heavy action to cross the region before 9 PM so more storm crawls will scroll across your screen.

Once the sun sets, a cool Canadian air mass will invade and set the table for a pleasant late spring finale with highs in the 70s the rest of the work week.

In San Diego, there is an electricity of a different sort as Tiger and Rocco are dead even on the 15th. Our prime time coverage this weekend was compelling and unlike other opens (Bethpage, Congressional and Oakmont) the weather was not an issue.

Here in Southern California, the Pacific Ocean tempers the heat and prevents much humidity from building. The result is virtually no chance of thunderstorms or even rain during the summer. Hence golfing fans have been treated to a very memorable long weekend of golf.

Our next chance of rain and storms comes on Wednesday while in San Diego, it may not rain again until autumn. No wonder the USGA found Torrey Pines a great venue for US Open golf.

Again for this afternoon, Mother Nature will turn thundery in spots while the crowds at Torrey Pines are thunderous in a whole diffeernt way.

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