Updated: July 15, 2020 01:38 PM
Created: July 15, 2020 01:19 PM
As I’m sure most of you have noticed, when breaking down our daily forecasts lately, we tend to mention the chance for afternoon thunderstorms quite a lot, and it’s not just a coincidence! The possibility for thunderstorms developing in the afternoon hours becomes much more common in the summer season, and here’s why!
During the summer months, the sun heats air near the surface more rapidly and to higher temperatures throughout the day. The afternoon and evening hours are most conducive for thunderstorm development because this is the time at which radiational heating and instability are maximized. Thunderstorm development is so common on summer afternoons because of this intense daytime heating as well as the high humidity, thus providing the moisture, the instability, and the warm temperatures needed to cause the air to begin rising.
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