Friday, April 20, 2012

Severe Weather Possible Deep South / Southeast Texas Today...

The above severe weather outlook for today is via the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, OK.  Severe storms are forecast within the yellow shaded areas on the image, over southcentral and southeast Texas.

A cool front is moving Southeast toward the I-35 corridor in Texas at mid-morning.  Thunderstorms are forecast to develop along and either side of the boundary from midday into the afternoon.

Some of the thunderstorms may become severe with large hail and strong, possibly damaging wind gusts.  While an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out, this is not a dominant threat.

It is possible that strong storms will develop even behind the cool front for a couple of hours, due to the fact that most of the upper-level energy is forecast to lag behind the front initially.  So, just because the front moves through a given area does not mean the threat will have ended today.  

The greatest threat of severe weather will be East of the I-35 corridor into southeast Texas, where greater low level moisture is situation, and due to the timing of the front entering the region during peak afternoon heating.

If you live or have travel plans in the severe weather outlook area for today, please remain alert.  Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or another trusted source for later information and possible warnings.  Make sure to identify your best sheltering options ahead of time, that way you can take cover quickly if needed.

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