Today brings in the longest day of the year and the shortest night as the Earth tilts closer to the Sun than any other day of the year. It is the Summer Solstice, and the weather here in Raleigh has cooperated nicely. 93 Degrees with a dew point in the upper 60's makes it feel like the hot sticky mess that summer here in North Carolina is known for. My dog is clearly aware that Summer is here as she has found her traditional spot directly on top of the AC Vent. Along with the summer heat and humidity, we can normally expect those strong pop up thunderstorms during the hottest point of the day. East of Wake County has seen a number of Severe Thunderstorm Warnings this afternoon greet the Summer Season with strong winds, hail and frequent lightning. The storms are too far east to chase, but the weekend shows some promise of more activity.
In the tropics things are starting to look more active with some flare ups in the Southern Caribbean and around the Bahamas. Still no depressions, but it is starting to look like our second storm of the season may not be far away as some of the African waves start to move above the 10 North Latitude. The CMC model this morning is showing the Bahamas system move into Florida as a depression through the weekend. It could bring some more much needed rain to Florida.