Enjoy this evening’s quiet, pleasant weather: we may be in for a wild ride starting Wednesday afternoon. Scattered thunderstorms are likely to develop, some of which may be severe.
Through Tonight: A very nice evening to be out and about. There’s no risk of rain and temperatures are pleasantly warm, falling back through the 70s. Overnight lows range from 63-69 (suburbs-city), under partly cloudy skies. Winds from the west are light.
Tomorrow (Wednesday): You may notice a slow increase in humidity levels (moderate to high) and an uptick in temperatures compared to Tuesday. Afternoon highs reach the mid-to-upper 80s as clouds start to bubble up. Scattered thunderstorms are likely to develop, first in areas to the west and northwest and eventually working their way to the southeast. As storm coverage will be scattered, odds of any area getting hit are about 40-50 percent. Storms that develop may contain flooding rain, dangerous lightning, and damaging winds.
For a full discussion of the storm threat, see: Double trouble: severe storm risk both Wednesday and Thursday for D.C. area
Pollen: Rained out.
Colorado dust storms: As wet as it’s been here, southeast Colorado is parched. Exceptional drought covers the corner of the state, and conditions there are being compared to the Dust Bowl. See this story in the Denver Post: Massive dust storms hit southeast Colorado, evoking “Dirty Thirties”