The stage is set for some serious storms on Memorial Day weekend. The day that traditionally heralds the start of summer will be calm across much of the nation, but nature will bestow rain on a segment of the country that is very much in need of a downpour.
Portions of the East and Southwest will experience a dry Memorial Day, but repetitive storms are expected to bring relief to the parched Plans and parts of Texas.
According to weather forecasters, a storm front is moving in and will result in heavy thunderstorms on the Plains. Although the rain is welcome in the drought-stricken area, it may impede the outdoor Memorial Day plans made by many people. Occasional light showers are also expected in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States, but these areas will dry out prior to Memorial Day.
Storms may also emerge in the upper Great Lakes, the southern Appalachians and Deep South, but the afternoon sun will peek out on Sunday, and on Memorial Day.
Intermittent showers are forecast to lash parts of the central and southern High Plains for the next several days, with several inches of precipitation possible in the area from central and western Texas to western and central Oklahoma and Kansas. Much of this locale has been under severe drought conditions. There may also be some scattered showers in the Pacific Northwest, but the rest of the west will be dry for the holiday.
Old Sol will be in its glory as it shines on most of the Ohio Valley, California, and the Great Basin on the holiday. In fact, these areas are expected to be unseasonably warm on Memorial Day.
The rainfall will continue into the middle of the week and will likely signal the end of the drought for the affected areas. Weather experts maintain that it will take more than a few storms to rectify the depleted water levels in the drought-stricken areas of the country, but this will be a good start.