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Where Might Thunderstorms Steal the Fireworks Show on The 4th Of July?

July 3, 2019 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

As millions of Americans gear up for picnics, a day at the beach and fireworks viewings, there will be some trouble spots in terms of thunderstorm activity as there often are on Independence Day.

The most active zones for thunderstorms will generally be along the northern tier and farther south over the middle of the nation on July Fourth.

Most of the storms will occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. However, there are always some exceptions during the summertime.

Storms are likely from northern and central Idaho eastward to Pennsylvania and parts of New Jersey, New York state and Delaware.

Along this swath, some of the thunderstorms may organize into large complexes that can last for 12 hours or more as they can travel for hundreds of miles. At any given location hit by one of these thunderstorm clusters, a few hours of heavy rain and brief strong wind gusts can occur.

As a plume of tropical moisture extends northward from the Gulf of Mexico, a greater than spotty coverage of thunderstorms can occur from parts of central and eastern Texas to the middle Mississippi and Ohio valleys.

One thing to keep in mind is that even a garden-variety pop-up thunderstorm can be very heavy for a short time over a localized area this time of the year. Storms of this nature can bring flash flooding, knock over trees and trigger power outages in one part of a community and completely miss another part.

While most thunderstorms will tend to finish up by 9 p.m. local time, light winds and high humidity in the wake of recent downpours can cause fog to form as soon as some fireworks displays begin.

The best bets for rain-free weather on a regional basis include New England, the southern Atlantic Seaboard and much of the West.

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