Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day Storms

The new website isn't quite ready to be launched yet, but there is some important weather to talk about today.

There are some clouds moving through this morning along a warm front. This front will bring us some real summer like weather for the rest of the day. Heat and humidity will move in this afternoon. Highs should end up in the mid 80's with dew points in the mid 60's making for a rather sultry day compared to the weather we have been having. As this front passes through, there could be a shower or thunderstorm.

However, later in the evening, say after 4pm, there will be another chance for thunderstorms to develop in the warm, moist atmosphere. These are the storms that have prompted the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma to put us in a "slight" risk for severe thunderstorms. The main threats from these storms will likely be damaging winds, hail, frequent lightning and flash flooding, though an isolated weak tornado can't be ruled out.

These storms will be forming in the "warm sector" well ahead of a cold front. That front will move through overnight and early tomorrow morning, likely with another batch of showers and thunderstorms. However, the most likely time for severe storms will run from roughly 4pm-midnight tonight. Stay tuned for updates through the evening for storms that become severe! And hopefully I will get the new site up by this evening as well!

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