Thursday, March 15, 2012

Severe Weather Threat Ohio Valley / Midwest / Mid-MS Valley Area Today...

Above is the latest severe weather outlook for today from the SPC in Norman, OK. Severe thunderstorms are forecast within and near the yellow shaded area on the image above.  This risk of severe weather includes the cities of Detroit, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Louisville, Evansville, St. Louis, Nashville, Memphis and Springfield.

Two clusters of strong thunderstorms are moving across the severe weather outlook area at this time.  The first is located over southeast Missouri and southern Illinois, and the second is located over the Ohio Valley region:

This activity will continue to move slowly Eastward or East/Northeastward during the midday and afternoon hours, and may strengthen and/or reorganize this afternoon, producing a threat of mainly large hail and damaging wind gusts.

Otherwise, scattered thunderstorm development is expected to take place throughout the severe weather outlook area this afternoon and evening.  Some of the stronger storms will be capable of producing large hail and damaging wind gusts.

While the threat of severe weather is not expected to be significant over a widespread area today, those living within the severe weather outlook areas should remain alert this afternoon and evening.  Be prepared to seek shelter if threatening weather is observed or a warning is issued for your area.

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