Severe Weather Threat Looms for Many This Week
It could be a busy week for severe weather.
Starting Sunday, a multi-day severe weather threat could lead to the first significant outbreak of strong storms this spring season, with areas from Texas to Iowa potentially at risk for all types of severe weather, including tornadoes.
A strong area of low pressure will run into warm, humid air originating in the Gulf of Mexico, and the clash of the cooler, drier air behind the low with the hot, unstable air out ahead of it will lead to strong storms between Sunday and possibly as late as Thursday, with Tuesday and Wednesday looking to be the biggest days for big weather.
Tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds are possible, especially on Tuesday (see map). For Tuesday, the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has issued a 30 percent chance of severe storms for parts of Kansas, Oklahoma and Kansas – a strong indicator from the governing body for severe weather that it could be an especially active day.
On average, April is the third-busiest month for tornadoes nationwide with a mean of 155 during the month across the U.S. So far this month, only 39 confirmed tornadoes have touched down according to the SPC, putting the month considerably behind schedule tornado-wise. An omega block pattern has kept the central portion of the country relatively cool and calm severe-wise so far this month, but that will almost certainly change this week.
Stay with WeatherNation for continued and important updates to this forecast.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Cover Photo: File