Happy Monday! :)

We hope all the Dad's out there had a great weekend.

Over in Northeast Siberia they were contending with a volcanic eruption that sent an ash cloud up some 40,000 feet into the atmosphere. This can create a cooling trend in the months ahead and beautiful sunsets. CLICK ON IMAGES FOR LARGER VIEW

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Closer to home there are two tropical systems likely to get names this week (Bret in the E. Caribbean and Cindy headed for the Gulf of Mexico). The Gulf of Mexico threat looks to be primarily a heavy rain producer for the Southeast U.S.

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A strong cold front sweeping into the East will very likely bring strong to severe thunderstorms today with another threat mid-week toward the Central U.S. If the skies are clear along the East Coast tonight (big if), NASA plans to launch a rocket between 9:06pm and 9:21pm tonight from Wallops Island Virginia with "a colorful display of artificial clouds above the Eastern U.S." Supposedly blue, green and red vapors may be visible from North Carolina to New York 4 to 5 minutes after launch. Curious what's in those blue, green red "vapors"???

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The scorching heat in the near term is out West where many desert hot spots will top 120 degrees. Up to this point it had been the coolest start to June out west in 6 years but that will change with a 7-9 day heat-wave.

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Enjoy the last few days of Spring as Summer officially arrives Wednesday 21 June at 12:24am EDT.

Angelina Kirk had a good Father's Day weekend with Daddy. :)

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Have a great week folks! - Capt Kirk out.