UPDATE 1:15 AM EDT, 5/30: Big day of storms for Virginia Tech chasers in Oklahoma. We tracked a supercell from initiation over northwest Oklahoma southeastward until it was nearly in Oklahoma City, spitting out some softball-sized hail, then caught another supercell just west of Oklahoma City that may spun out a brief tornado shortly after sunset. We’ll be reviewing some video on that. Very tired after evading evening storms southward to Lawton, Okla., including getting hailed on briefly. Will post more later, but too tired now. I know SW Virginia got some rainy storms, too. END UPDATE
The nation’s weather is like a three-ring circus right now. Tropical Storm Beryl — or near-hurricane Beryl if you like, with 70 mph winds – is about to move ashore this Sunday evening along the Florida-Georgia border. Severe storms are raging in the Northern Plains, as they have off and on (mostly on) for a week. And record heat is sizzling much of the central U.S., with hundreds of record highs.
And did I mention there are winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings in Montana? Oops, that’s a fourth ring.
Out of all that meteorological madness, I’m headed with the Virginia Tech storm chasers on Monday toward Texas and Oklahoma for Tuesday and Wednesday, where a cold front and an upper-level disturbance look to interact with some of that extreme heat that has been occurring (100-plus temperatures in some of that region). My updates on here will again be sparse over the next 8-12 days or so, but there may be a few more on the Twitter feed in the right margin.
Southwest Virginia, this system could be yours to deal with by about Friday or so, with some strong storms possible. Until then, expect warm, sticky days with highs in the 80s and scattered afternoon showers and storms. It will turn at least somewhat cooler after the front passes on Friday.