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Best Chance for Rain this Week

August 20th, 2020
The SPC has issued a Marginal risk for severe weather for Eastern and Northern Wyoming this afternoon.
The SPC has issued a Marginal risk for severe weather for Eastern and Northern Wyoming this afternoon.(KGWN)
Published: Aug. 20, 2020 at 12:04 PM CDT
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As the end of the week nears, Wyoming once again finds itself under a severe weather threat for parts of the state. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has issued a Marginal (Level 1) risk for severe weather this afternoon, similar to the one issued yesterday. In fact most of the areas who were under that same risk yesterday are under it again today. There is a key difference, however, and that is the fact that rain shouldn’t be as light with the storms today. It will still be short lived, but the dry thunderstorm risk isn’t as high in the severe weather risk area. With that being said, there is still an elevated risk for dry thunderstorms in the western half of the state, so the fire risk is most certainly still prevalent across the dry state. The new drought monitor was released this morning, and while not a lot has changed once again, the southeastern part of the state saw its drought conditions worsen.

The new drought monitor released this morning shows more of Laramie County is under a level 2 Moderate drought.
The new drought monitor released this morning shows more of Laramie County is under a level 2 Moderate drought.(KGWN)

Rain has been hard to come by in recent weeks, and it will continue to be that way as we go forward. This afternoon may have its fill of scattered storms, so today is the best bet for locations such as Casper and Cheyenne to get some sort of rainfall ahead of a scorching hot and dry weekend. While severe storms are possible, they likely won’t be too strong, with powerful wind gusts being the primary threat followed by small hail. Any rain for Wyoming right now is beneficial given the continually worsening drought conditions.

As for the coming weekend, expect it to be like the one we just had except hotter. Locations such as Scottsbluff Nebraska will be over 100 degrees this weekend. Casper will be close, pushing 98 come Sunday. Cheyenne will likely see temperatures climbing into the mid 90s over the weekend as well. In addition, Cheyenne is beginning to see hazy skies thanks to the Cameron Peak fire in Colorado. Expect the air quality in the Capital City to decline a bit over the weekend, as winds do not look like they will pick up at all to blow the haze away.

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