Friday, April 15, 2011

Another round of severe weather possible this afternoon

We survived the first round of strong storms this morning that came through just about as predicted.  The line packed wind of 30-50 mph and caused about 2,300 power outages according to MLGW, mainly concentrated along a corridor near Sam Cooper Blvd.  See StormView Radar screenshot from earlier this morning above.  I had indicated there would be a "round 2," so here's the mid-morning scoop on that.

In a nutshell, new thunderstorms are expected to fire up roughly along and east of the Mississippi River as the cold front now over central AR approaches.  These storms will get going around or after noontime. Unlike this morning's squall line, this round of severe weather is expected to be individual storms, some of which could become supercells and go severe fairly quickly, especially if we can get some sunshine and heating ahead of their formation.

I do NOT expect everyone in the area to see storms this afternoon, as they will be scattered. However, any storms that form will bring the potential of large hail (perhaps larger than golfball-sized in mature storms) and isolated tornadoes. The better chances of storms will be east of the city as they should get a little more organized as they move east. The cold front should move through the metro between 3-5pm, ending the threat of severe weather.

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