Memorial Day Weekend Weather Discussion

Saturday Storms over the Holiday Weekend.

Wednesday 24 May 2017 / 5:35 p.m.

Thursday will begin a period of hot and blustery conditions that will continue through Saturday. A big surge of moisture moves in thanks to strong inflow from the Gulf; this will make for a very humid first half of the Holiday weekend as well.

Friday and Saturday will be hot and windy with highs both days in the low to mid 90s – well above average and in fact close to records. Winds will run 20 to 30 mph both days, unfortunately that will make it quite rough on the lakes. The combination of an approaching dry line and a surface cold front will set the stage for thunderstorms Saturday afternoon and evening; given the intense heating, a few could easily become severe. However, the cap will be fairly robust so storm formation is not guaranteed.

The front passes late Saturday or early Sunday, offering a more comfortable second half of the Holiday weekend, along with lighter winds for Sunday and Memorial Day at only 10 to 15 mph. It looks like these days will easily offer the best conditions on the lakes.

Take Care,
Steve LaNore
Chief Meteorologist
News 12 / KXII-TV