UPDATE 9:30 AM: Briefly recapping last night’s storms, severe reports included trees blown down at Tazewell and Saltville, wires blown down at Narrows in Giles County, a tree blown down at a campground at Grayson Highlands State Park, a 64 mph gust recorded at New River Valley Airport at Dublin and 59 mph gusts at Blacksburg. An earlier wave of storms at midday Sunday also blew a tree onto a person at Rural Retreat Lake, blew trees and power lines down at Hillsville, and produced several large hail reports. These are certainly not all the severe weather incidents that occurred, but a short summary of those reported to the National Weather Service. (Blue dots at left are high wind reports, green dots are large hail reports; you can see the entire map and list of severe reports for Sunday linked here). In addition, Appalachian Power is reporting new power outages from Sunday storms, especially near Wytheville and Woodlawn.
Good news today: There is no obvious upper-level impulse that would cause storm clusters to form in the Ohio Valley and move southeastward. The air has also largely stabilized after by Sunday night storms. Our region is NOT in a slight risk zone for severe weather by the Storm Prediction Center — rated only at 5 percent that a storm with severe wind will occur within 30 miles of any given point today. But it will get very hot today — upper 90s to near 100 is possible for Roanoke and points south and east, and 90s just about everywhere else beneath the high ridgetops. There is always a chance of locally developing afternoon convection when it’s this hot, and any of that could become severe for a short time with locally damaging winds. END UPDATE
We continue the next couple or three days — perhaps longer — with the same old, same old. It will be hot — lots of 90s, not as many triple-digit temperatures, but more humidity since we’ve had a little rain. Each day will have a chance of storms — perhaps some that boil up locally in the heat and humidity, but also a chance that more form in the Ohio Valley and dive southeastward as we’ve seen both Friday night and this past night. Long range, there continue to be substantial signs that the core of the heat dome will move back west, maybe even as far as the Pacific Northwest eventually, but it’s going to take some time, at least a week, maybe 10 days. When it shifts west, cooler air will build in. Until then, here’s a cheer to all the power crews out working in the heat to get more and more A/C’s running.