Hot, Wet and Windy in the Southeast
A stationary front draped is across the Southeast this Thursday, separating warm humid air and a little cooler air to the north, acting as the activation point for afternoon thunderstorm activity. Wind will be the major threat across the Southeast as pulse storms move through. The storms are characterized as a warm humid atmosphere leading to periods of strong updrafts that collapse quickly, often causing damaging winds or downbursts. Winds up to 60 mph can be expected in this case.
The increased risk we are watching is over the High Plains. A cold front dipping down from Canada will initiate thunderstorms across the Dakotas. Most concentrated thunderstorm activity will be over North Dakota with supercell growth. Wind and hail will be the major threats as these storms fire this afternoon but as they progress east, wind becomes the primary threat. We can also not rule out the chance for an isolated tornado.
Tomorrow the slight risk will shift with this system as it moves east to the area of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Meteorologist Tracey Anthony