Weekend tornadoes in Central US, just showers for us today…April 16th, 2012 at 8:22 am by Jamie Jarosik under Weather
What a wild weekend in the central United States. As expected, a tornado outbreak occurred on Saturday, and you can read more about this in Meteorologist Tara Hasting’s blog here: WEEKEND TORNADOES
Storm Team 2′s newest meteorologist, Brandon Redmond was in Kansas storm chasing this event. He had a very close call, as his chase vehicle came right into a tornado Saturday evening. You can see the scary moments here: METEOROLOGIST BRANDON REDMOND’S LOOK INSIDE A TORNADO
Thankfully, Brandon and his team members are ok. We want to stress that storm chasing is NOT something you should do if you are not properly trained. As you can see, it can be extremely dangerous, even for experienced chasers. This team of chasers was VERY lucky to have made it through that experience alive. I know it can seem cool and exciting when you watch the storm chase reality shows, and see the images/video on TV… but we do NOT recommend this.
Today, we are getting the “left overs” from the weekend storm system. The atmosphere has lost the ingredients for severe weather, so instead of strong thunderstorms, we’re starting the day with a weakening area of rain. The chance for showers will continue through lunchtime, but then dry weather returns for the mid-late afternoon. It is going to be a windy day, however. A WIND ADVISORY is in effect for the entire Miami Valley from 10am-7pm today. Winds will gust 40-45 mph, and downed tree limbs as well as spotty power outages will be possible. Here’s a look at current wind gusts as of 8am:
Ahead of a cold front, our winds are coming in from the south, so it’s been a very mild morning with temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s. But you can see back in Illinois, the winds shift direction a bit closer to the cold front. This reaches us later today, and with the change, cooler air will filter in. So by evening, it looks like we’ll dip back into the low 60s, and overnight all the way down to 42-degrees for a chilly start Tuesday morning. It will also be a cooler afternoon tomorrow, with highs in the lower 60s… but we won’t have the strong wind to deal with, and it looks like we’ll also see a lot of sun.
Then, we expect a warming trend Wednesday into Thursday before the next front/rain chance on Friday! We hope you have a great week!