1:10 AM CDT | July 12, 2017
The state continues to be on the eastern edge of the ridge that is anchored to our west. This has allowed for periods of northerly flow aloft. This has kept the heat in check while offering at least the occasional chance of rain for much of the state. The ridge is once again forecast to shift a bit toward the west late this week. This should set the stage for widely scattered showers and storms this weekend. Now, not everyone will see rain, but this time of year, any chance is better than none! :)
As far as the tropics are concerned, the Pacific Ocean is quite active. Closer to our neck of the woods, the Gulf of Mexico and Western Atlantic are quite. A tropical wave will move into the gulf later this week, but conditions will not be favorable for development. Conditions should become more favorable for tropical development during late July/early August.