Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Risk of Severe Storms Tennessee Valley/Central Appalachians This Afternoon...

Above is the latest severe weather outlook from the SPC in Norman, OK. Severe thunderstorms are forecast to develop within the yellow shaded area on the image by mid to late afternoon and continue into this evening.

Large hail and damaging thunderstorm wind gusts will be the primary severe threats.

Thunderstorms are forecast to develop and/or increase in coverage and intensity by mid-afternoon as an upper level disturbance interacts with a gradually moistening low-level atmosphere across the severe weather outlook area.  The activity will then move and/or develop East/Northeastward into the evening hours.

If you live across or near this region, please take the time now to review severe weather safety and preparedness tips.  Have a plan of action in place now that way you'll be ready to act quickly if severe weather threatens your area.

It appears that an even greater threat of severe weather will exist across much of the southeast U.S., the lower Mississippi Valley and Gulf Coastal region on Thursday and/or Thursday night.  I'll have a more detailed post concerning that risk later today...

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