Isolated Storms Expected in Southeast Wyoming Early this Afternoon

June 1st, 2021
The Opening to Weather Segments
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Updated: Jun. 1, 2021 at 11:51 AM CDT
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A major heat wave is just around the corner, but before that arrives parts of Wyoming will have one last shot at some drought relief. Things around the state have improved monumentally when it comes to the drought the past couple of months, especially when compared to much of the Western US that is seeing Extreme or Catastrophic drought heading into wildfire season. Only southwest Carbon County and a very small portion of Southeast Sweetwater County remain in the level 4 Extreme for Wyoming at this time.

The rain chances for today are mainly reserved for Southeast Wyoming, with parts of Central Wyoming receiving some rain early this morning in the form of scattered showers. Those pushed southeast very quickly, and what remains for the southeastern corner of the state today is not expected to be widespread nor last long. The sun has returned earlier than anticipated in places like Cheyenne, which will likely lead to accelerated warmth. This could affect things throughout the week for the Capital City should the sun stay out today rather than hide behind cloud cover like expected. The severe risk for storms this afternoon remains low, with only Southeastern Laramie County and a smidge of the Panhandle of Nebraska in the Level 1 “Marginal " Risk.

Cloud cover is expected to be abundant during the evening and overnight hours today before a slow break takes place Wednesday, however if today is a sign of anything its that those will break much earlier than expected Wednesday, once again accelerating the warming process as the first week of June progresses. While Cheyenne is not expected to see them this week, many places in Wyoming and Nebraska are expected to eclipse the 90 degree mark by Friday; way ahead of schedule compared to normal. Heat like that typically does not arrive until late July and August, at least not on a consistent basis. It’s a stark difference from 2020 when a cold front rocked the state during the first week of June bringing in graupel and snow. Outdoor plans will be a go this weekend, but the sunscreen will be a must with the impending heat and very few clouds expected rolling into the weekend.

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