Wednesday, April 27, 2011

For the remainder of today... severe weather discussion

The satellite image above, from shortly after 9am this morning, shows the setup for the remainder of the day today as the Memphis metro area remains under a Slight Risk of severe weather (outlook map below). Low pressure over western AR will move northeast during the day.  Behind storms over NE Mississippi, the atmosphere is re-priming over southern Arkansas and thunderstorms are developing and moving very rapidly northeast into the metro area (at 60-70 mph) thanks to a very wind aloft.

Storms will continue to develop ahead of (east of) the track of the low and move through the area through early afternoon before a cold front will finally move through mid to late afternoon, bringing an end to the seemingly-endless severe weather of the past couple of days.  Though we have been downgraded to a Slight Risk of severe weather, there is still a good chance many areas will see very heavy rain, dangerous lightning, large hail, damaging thunderstorm wind up to 75 mph, and isolated tornadoes.  Flooding continues to be a major threat.

We'll continue to update you on the risks today as they develop on Facebook and Twitter (links below).  Tomorrow promises to be a much kinder day in the weather world!

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