"Ring of fire" storms target Gulf Coast

"Ring of fire" storms target Gulf Coast
A ring of fire pattern for the rest of the work week with hot high pressure at the center and clusters of storms circulating clockwise around the edge of the high pressure.
A ring of fire pattern for the rest of the work week with hot high pressure at the center and clusters of storms circulating clockwise around the edge of the high pressure.
Rain will spread from the Midwest southward to the Gulf Coast region on Thursday as clusters of storms ride around the edge of a strong high pressure system across the Plains.
Rain will spread from the Midwest southward to the Gulf Coast region on Thursday as clusters of storms ride around the edge of a strong high pressure system across the Plains.
The wettest part of the next seven days looks to be Sunday and Monday. If you have fireworks planned, Independence Day Wednesday looks less wet than the weekend.
The wettest part of the next seven days looks to be Sunday and Monday. If you have fireworks planned, Independence Day Wednesday looks less wet than the weekend.

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - A "ring of fire" weather pattern sets up for the rest of the work week across our region.

Hot high pressure at the center of this weather pattern will bring sizzling summer heat to the Plains and Southeast. And clusters of storms will circulate clockwise around the edge of that high pressure system, ultimately targeting the Gulf Coast on Thursday and possibly Friday.

South Mississippi is on the edge of that high pressure system, in the path for several incoming waves of storm clusters. The first of those clusters could arrive in South Mississippi on Thursday evening, after sunset and before midnight.

If you have plans outdoors on Thursday evening, you need to pay attention to the weather. Strong to severe thunderstorms will be occurring in Alabama and could be on a path to the Mississippi Gulf Coast on Thursday evening.

"Fortunately, the storms could be weakening and falling apart as they approach the Mississippi coast," said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "Still, it's something to keep an eye on since we could see downpours and lightning even if there is no potential for storm damage."

Computer models are also projecting a second cluster of storms to possibly arrive on Friday evening from the same direction.

By the weekend, the pattern may shift to a more typical one where we see pop-up storms off the Gulf each day. Overall, it will be a wet weekend. However, there will still be many rain-free hours to try to get some outdoor activities in.

"The plus side to a possibly wetter weekend will be less heat," Williams said. "With more storms around, temperatures may not be as unbearably hot on Saturday and Sunday."

The wettest time-frame over the next seven days looks to be Sunday and Monday, according to a Thursday forecast. Over the next seven days, South Mississippi has a rainfall potential of about one to three inches.

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