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Severe Storm Threat Continues Across Plains and Midwest Tuesday

Today (Tuesday) could be a busy severe weather day across the Plains and Midwest.  The Storm Prediction Center has outlined a rather large risk area for severe storms.  It covers territory roughly between Rapid City, SD and Detroit, MI.  An enhanced risk for severe storms extends from Southwest Minnesota to Southern Wisconsin. Damaging winds, hail, heavy rain, and isolated tornadoes will be possible.

The air in the region will be very warm, and full of moisture.  Daytime heating will make the entire air mass very buoyant and unstable.  Moderate instability will be prevalent, and columns of air will be able to rise very easily.

The jet stream is also going to be in the vicinity of warm rising air.  The jet will cause wind shear.  This means that air will be changing directions at different levels of the atmosphere.  This will allow storms to rotate.  Storms that rotate are called supercell thunderstorms.  These are the storms that can produce large hail and tornadoes.  They can also produce damaging straight line winds and torrential rain.

There will also be a frontal zone over the very same areas.  This front can provide additional atmospheric lift, and serve as a storm catalyst.  It appears that most of the storms will be possible during the afternoon and evening hours. The most intense storms will likely be located near a low pressure center.

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Matt was born and raised on Long Island, NY.  It was there, that he had his first encounters with extreme weather.  Hurricane Belle struck in 1976.  Matt vividly remembers huddling in a hallway with his family, while the house shook from the ferocious winds.  In 1985, Hurricane Gloria came roaring ashore.  Matt and his father watched, as huge oak trees cracked like twigs in the front yard.  ... Load MoreMatt recalls, "When the trees snapped, it sounded like gunshots".  But it wasn't until college, when Matt married his love of weather with television news.  He met a local TV meteorologist at a Clemson baseball game.  An invitation was extended to tour the TV station in Greenville, SC.  Matt took him up on the offer, and a career was born.  After earning a B.S. in Marketing from Clemson, Matt enrolled in Mississippi State's nationally renowned Broadcast Meteorology Program.  He graduated with high marks, and went on to obtain Television Seals of Approval from the American Meteorological Society.  After 20 years of broadcasting, Matt has covered just about every kind of severe weather event.  But his favorite weather, is still sunshine and 75 degrees.

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