Severe Threat Returns Mid-Week
With the start of spring and the end of March, warmer weather typically returns to the United States, and with it, the threat for severe weather, and multiple rounds of strong storms could rock the nation’s heartland this week.
On Wednesday, the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has a slight risk for severe storms from roughly Des Moines, Iowa all the way to Houston, Texas as an area at risk for seeing severe storms. While far out, all modes of severe weather could be in play this week, including tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds.
A potent area of low pressure and adjoining cold front will be the focal points for this week’s severe weather, with the threat moving into the Ohio River valley by Thursday and perhaps the East Coast by Friday.
The possible uptick in strong storms this week comes at about the time of year that it’s usually expected. April typically marks the beginning of the peak for severe weather season, with 155 tornadoes touching down nationwide on average during the month, nearly double the March national average of 80. May (276) and June (243) are the top two months for tornadoes on average in the United States.
Severe storms pushed through parts of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and southern Michigan on Easter Sunday, dropping hail and gusty winds before they began moving towards the East Coast on Sunday evening.
Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on the severe storm potential this week.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi
Headline image: Cathy Queisser, Indianapolis, Indiana hailstorm Sunday afternoon