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National Weather at 415am May 26 2005


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Nor'easter continues to impact New England

4:17 A.M. ET 5/26/2005


Matthew Newman, Senior Meteorologist, The Weather Channel




The Nor'easter continues to pound the New England coastline with battering waves and periods of wind driven rain. Cool temperatures and wind chills more reminiscent of winter will also continue today. The good news is that the storm is expected to slowly weaken and drift away over the next 24 to 36 hours. This will result in slow improvement into Friday and hopefully a better Memorial Day weekend. Areas well inland across western New York, western Pennsylvania, western Maryland and the Virginias will enjoy fair skies and pleasant temperatures this afternoon. Highs will range from the low 50s along the New England coast to the 70s from western New York to the Mid-Atlantic.



Stormy weather will be confined to the Southern Plains today where a front remains parked and an upslope flow of moisture sets up. Showers and storms will dampen the day from eastern New Mexico across Texas and Oklahoma. Severe storms may also threaten much of Texas with primarily large hail and damaging winds. In addition, a few storms are possible across South Florida. Elsewhere, gorgeous weather for late May is expected. Sunny skies and comfortable humidity will dominate from the Tennessee Valley to the Southeast. Highs will range from the upper 70s and low 80s across the Tennessee Valley and Carolinas to the mid-80s along the Gulf Coast.



Showers and storms will dampen the day across from the Northern Plains to the Great Lakes as an upper-level low pressure system stalls overhead. Temperatures across the Northern Plains and upper Mississippi Valley are also expected to run almost 10 to 15 degrees below average as a result of the clouds and showers. Meanwhile, fair skies should dominate from the central Plains to the Ohio Valley. Highs will range from the 50s across North Dakota to the 70s form the central Plains to the Ohio Valley.



Hot and dry weather is expected to continue again today across the West and an upper-level ridge of high pressure continues to dominate. More record highs are expected to be set this afternoon across the Northwest where high temperatures are running almost 20 degrees above average. Meanwhile, the heat is slowly retreating across the Southwest from levels 20 degrees above average to levels only around 10 degrees above average. Highs will range from the 80s across the Pacific Northwest to the 100s across the Southwest. Flooding remains a concern due to runoff from the melting snowpack. The pattern does look like it will change and allow the region to cool off into the holiday weekend.




More southern Plains severe

1:50 P.M. ET 5/26/2005


M. Ressler, Senior Meteorologist, The Weather Channel



As the winds subside in New England and the rain is increasingly confined to Maine, strong-to-occasionally-severe thunderstorms with locally heavy rain will continue to develop across parts of central and eastern New Mexico plus western and southern Texas right through Friday. Wink, Texas, received close to 3 inches of rain in just 3 hours early Thursday morning, indicative of the ongoing heavy rain potential. Hail, damaging winds and an isolated tornado could accompany some of the storms. A stalled front, plenty of moisture, easterly upslope winds north of the front and minor upper-level disturbances coming out of the Four Corners will all help in generating new clusters of potent thunderstorms across New Mexico and Texas. Scattered strong afternoon thunderstorms will continue to focus across south Florida through Friday. In the Midwest, a vigorous upper-level system will pop scattered strong thunderstorms in the northern Plains and Upper Midwest into tonight. Scattered thunderstorms will linger in the Great Lakes Friday and increase across the Mid-Atlantic on Friday with some isolated development from the lower Ohio Valley to Kansas.



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