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Busy Week of Severe Weather on Tap

23 Apr 2017, 2:39 pm

Several severe weather chances could impact the Plains and the Southeast over the next few days with tornadoes, large hail, strong winds and flooding.

After primarily flooding and a few tornadoes impacted parts of the South late last week and this weekend, It starts on Tuesday with storms in Oklahoma, then moving into Arkansas primarily by Wednesday before potentially stronger storms from Kansas to north Texas both Friday and Saturday. At this point, the late week (Friday-Saturday) threat appears to be the most potent, but overall it looks to be a more active pattern, particularly in comparison with a slightly quieter last 10 days or so.

It’s all being fueled by a strong jet stream and a big ‘dip’ in it – leading to a loss of air at the higher levels of the atmosphere that must be replaced by rising air from down below. In other words, it’ll encourage rapidly developing low pressure across the Plains later this week, a pattern that this time of year usually leads to strong storms.

This, of course, is somewhat expected during the peak severe weather months of April, May and June. With an active jet stream overlaying sharp temperature gradients and the pull of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, spring is usually the most active point of the year for severe weather, and this week appears to live up to that climatology.

As has been noted several times in the last few weeks, 2017 has gotten off to one of the busiest severe weather starts in recent memory, with one record already being broken. An exceptionally active January and February are the primary culprits for the high number of severe weather reports so far this season.

Stay with WeatherNation during this potentially active week of severe weather.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Featured photo: @MoStormMan1991, Twitter

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