Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Florida Severe Weather Update

Update at 6pm CDT:  Below is a map showing all severe weather reports received across the "sunshine" state today (click to enlarge):

------------------Original post (around 12 Noon CDT):-------------------------

A line of strong to locally severe thunderstorms continues to move across the Florida peninsula this afternoon.  Above is the latest radar image, and what remains of Severe Thunderstorm Watch #105

The thunderstorm line had advanced well ahead of the actual cold frontal position as of 12:30 PM CDT (the front itself is still located back over the Northern part of the state).  For this reason, the line has shown some signs of weakening over the past couple of hours, as uplift has decreased as the line advanced further away from the front.

The SPC's latest discussion on the matter indicates that they are not planning to extend the Severe Thunderstorm Watch into far southern Florida at this time.  Gusty winds to severe limits will still be possible with stronger storms until the line exits the state later this afternoon.

When Severe Thunderstorm Watch #105 expires at 1pm CDT, that will bring to an end the 42.5 straight hours of Severe Thunderstorm and/or Tornado Watches across the U.S., as noted in a post earlier this morning.

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