Local Weather News: A Heat Advisory covers parts of the area until 7pm CDT. Kankakee County in Illinois. Newton and Jasper Counties in Indiana. Isolated to scattered thunderstorms with locally heavy rain will threaten the area today. Chicago O’hare reached a high of 88 degrees on Monday. Temperatures over the next few days will range from the upper 80s to mid 90s with heat indices near 100. National Weather News: 19 states or 38% of the country are under either a heat advisory or warning. Phoenix has hit the 100° mark 62 times this year! Atlanta, GA has had 50 days of 90 degree heat this year. NWS confirms Wilkin County, MN Tornado Damage an EF-4 with max winds up to 175 mph. Path length: 5 miles. Max width: 600 yards. A 50 year old man from Rockland, MA dies after being struck by lightning on Thursday. Lightning was blamed for a house fire; caused severe damage to a central Florida home. One person injured when a tree fell in a campground area near Crofton, NE. International Weather: 127 dead due to mudslides in northern China. On Friday, an ice chunk four times larger than Manhattan breaks off from Greenland’s Petermann Glacier. Pakistan’s floods has now affected 12 million people and destroyed 650,000 houses, according to the government relief agency. Tropical Weather: There is a medium chance (60%) that Invest 94L will develop into a tropical cyclone in the Gulf of Mexico. NHC increases the chances to 60% for disturbance in the Atlantic Basin to develop into a tropical cyclone. Colin has died and is just an area of showers and thunderstorms. NOAA updated their hurricane forecast but is still predicting a very active season with 8 to 12 hurricanes, 4 to 6 becoming major.
According to BP’s spokeswoman Elizabeth Adams, efforts of drilling on a relief well in an attempt to intercept the crippled well in the Gulf of Mexico has been suspended due to deteriorating weather conditions.
A developing tropical system is inching its way closer to the gulf operations site.
The National Hurricane Center has given this area of low pressure a 60% chance for developing into a tropical cyclone within the next 48 hours.
As a precaution against this threatening weather, BP has installed a device known as a “storm packer” at the base of the well, just as it did before Tropical Storm Bonnie swept through the Gulf last month.
General consensus of models has this potential tropical cyclone moving over the relief well and making landfall on Louisiana’s Coast.
Visible/Infared satellite loop of Invest 94L