According to the AccuweatherSenior Meteorologist, Kristina Pydynowski said that the storms would be dampening this weekend in the western United States Interior Northwest and heat and drought will occur in the Southwest. Kristina said, “The same storm set to bring showers and locally gusty thunderstorms from northern California to Idaho through Friday will continue to track eastward to the northern Rockies into Memorial Day.”
Showers and thunderstorms in this area will be occurring daily in the afternoon and evening hours being said as a most active time for storms. The storms will be remaining west of the 1-5 corridor and sunshine will occur in the Portland, Seattle, and Oregon for the holiday weekend. Anyone who will be heading out into the country for hiking, climbing or camping for the holiday weekend will need to look for lighting and hail in afternoon storms. If they are in high places, then they are at high risk and should come to low places before getting caught in the thunderstorm.
According to the Jake Sojda, who is the Accuweather Meteorologist said, “On Memorial Day, any hikers in places like Yellowstone National Park or the Bitterroot National Forest or even farther south into the Wasatch Range should watch for rapidly rising clouds and have a plan for seeking shelter from lightning should a thunderstorm get close.”
In the South, the weather will be completely opposite, and extreme drought conditions usually grip the southwest and are expected to persist unabated. There is no expectation of rainfall in Southern Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah Southern Utah and Southwestern Texas. As per Pydynowski, Gusty winds set to spread from west to east across the Desert Southwest during the holiday weekend will once again elevate the fire danger.”