Severe Weather, Flood Concerns Return Later This Week
After an active weekend of severe weather, the overall picture has been winding down across many hard-hit areas for the beginning and middle parts 0f the work week.
However, as tends to happen in May, things are about to change, and more severe weather appears to be just around the corner.
A strong upper-level trough (elongated area) of low pressure will move out of the Rocky Mountains and into the Plains on Friday and Saturday, bringing another chance for stronger showers and thunderstorms for the middle portion of the country for the start of the weekend.
The low will draw up warm, unstable air from the Gulf of Mexico, and an adjacent cold front and dry line (separating humid and dry air) will spur thunderstorm activity. Tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds are all possible with this weekend’s bout of severe weather, in addition to more unnecessary rainfall for already inundated Texas and Oklahoma. While Friday and Sunday should see some nastier storms, the worst of the severe weather appears to be focused on Saturday, when the area of low pressure fully moves out onto the Plains.
Western Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and the Texas panhandle could be the main target on Saturday, with the storms pushing north and east towards the upper Midwest on Sunday.
May is typically the most active severe weather month of the year, with about 275 tornadoes on average occurring in May. The month has gotten off to an active start, and it appears more severe weather is just around the corner. As always, WeatherNation and www.WeatherNationTV.com will have all the latest as the severe weather threat approaches.
Meteorologist Chris Bianchi