Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Widespread Severe Weather Threat Western & Central Texas Today...

Severe thunderstorms will become widespread later today and into this evening across portions of the Texas Panhandle, Northwest and Central Texas.  Damaging straight line winds and very large hail are the primary threats.  A few isolated tornadoes are also possible, mainly during the initial developmental stage of the activity over west-central and northwest Texas this afternoon.

The atmosphere remains moist and unstable along and South of a weak stationary boundary across the Red River region this morning.  Thunderstorms continue to develop along and near that part of the boundary over northwest Texas, as shown by the latest Dyess AFB radar image:

Local Radar Image

Additional thunderstorm development will take place over west-central and northwest Texas during the afternoon.  This activity will likely congeal into a larger complex of thunderstorms that will then move East/Southeast across the orange shaded area on the top image during the evening hours and early tonight.

The potential exists for widespread damaging winds in excess of 70 mph, and large hail in excess of 2 inches in diameter.  The very large hail potential will be greatest during the afternoon and early evening hours.

Folks living across this region should remain alert today.  Listen to NOAA Weather Radio, local media or another trusted source for the latest information and possible warnings.  Be sure to take the time to review severe weather safety tips, and identify your best sheltering option so that you can move there quickly if threatening weather is observed or a warning issued.

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