Our weather pattern has not changed much since yesterday… nor will it change much through Friday! We are stuck with active weather. This does not mean wash-outs… but it does mean that each day we will have periods where showers and thunderstorms are affecting the area.
As expected, yesterday’s thunderstorms became severe in the evening hours. We had numerous reports of wind damage across much of the Miami Valley. Take a look at local storm reports below, followed by some of the peak wind gusts recorded:
We weren’t the only ones with damage. The thunderstorms had a path of wind damage that started in Missouri and tore across much of the Midwest:
Today, the potential for severe weather is there again. We are starting off dry, and will experience some nice weather initially. But during the afternoon and evening hours our thunderstorms chances increase, and we are in a slight (elevated) risk for severe weather:
Notice there is a high risk for severe weather in southern Kansas and parts of Oklahoma… this is the fourth high-risk area this season. A tornado outbreak is likely there today! Uncomfortably close to the city of Joplin, MO… which was devastated by an EF-4 tornado Sunday. I’ve been reading some of the local NWS Hazardous Weather Outlooks for this area… this is what they’re saying:
“Damaging wind gusts in excess of 70 mph… large hail to the size of baseballs and tornadoes will be possible with these storms.” –NWS Joplin, MO
“Tennis ball sized hail… damaging winds of 60 to 70 mph and long track strong to violent tornadoes will be possible.” –NWS Wichita, KS
“Large… strong… long-track tornadoes are possible in the high risk area. Destructive hail… possibly larger than baseballs… and damaging straight line winds also will be possible in the risk areas.” –NWS Norman
The best chance for severe weather in these spots will be in the late afternoon and evening hours, as well. It certainly has been an active spring… that’s an understatement. According to NOAA, we’re closing in on 500-deaths this year. The last time we reached 500 deaths was back in 1953… check out the graph below:
One of the reasons this year has been so deadly, is because the tornadoes have hit cities with higher populations: Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Joplin, etc. Thankfully, I’ve read that 480 of the 481 tornadoes this season have occurred within a tornado watch box. How is that for accuracy! Let that be your reminder that when we do get watches for the area… it is serious stuff.
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