Saturday, June 16, 2012

Severe Storms Possible Southern Plains to Midwest Later Today...

Above is the latest severe weather outlook for today from the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, OK.  Severe thunderstorms are forecast within the yellow shaded area on the image.

A complex of thunderstorm activity in Kansas overnight produced an outflow boundary that is moving Southward into northern Oklahoma this morning.  This boundary will focus scattered thunderstorm re-development later this afternoon and into this evening.  Some of these storms will become severe, with large hail and damaging wind gusts the primary threat.

Elsewhere, several weak surface boundaries are present from Missouri on to the Northeast across the Midwest.  These boundaries will focus thunderstorm development during the afternoon and evening hours, some of which will become strong to severe.  While large hail and damaging wind gusts are the primary threats in this region as well, there is also a risk for an isolated tornado or two, particularly during the first few hours of thunderstorm development.

If you live across the severe weather threat area for today, please remain alert.  Listen to NOAA Weather Radio, local media or another trusted source for the latest information.  Be sure that you've identified a safe sheltering location and be prepared to move there quickly if threatening weather is observed or a warning is issued.

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