It’s finally warming up across the US which is setting the stage for an abrupt beginning to the year’s severe weather season. As early as this weekend, warm temperatures in the 70s will surge northward from the Gulf of Mexico reaching all the way into states like Kansas, Missouri and Kentucky. The warmer temps, along with moisture from the Gulf, will help to add a missing ingredient for severe weather which we lacked all of March – instability. This instability, combined with a very energetic jet stream, will mean a severe weather threat for the Plains beginning Monday which will slowly shift eastward into Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama by Wednesday night into Thursday. As of now, storms with large hail, damaging winds, heavy rain and tornadoes appear likely next week. The situation will continue to be followed as we move into next week.
Ahead of this threat, make sure to review all of your severe weather procedures whether at home or in the office. Make sure your teens who are home alone in the afternoon also know your family’s plan (stats show up to 60 percent of high school students are home alone in the afternoon when tornadoes are most common).
Here are some previous posts on making sure you have a plan…
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1. 5 Big Mistakes Made During Tornado Warnings
2. How to Never Miss Another Tornado Warning
3. How to Survive a Tornado
4. Why You Should Go to the Lowest Floor in a Tornado
5. How to Program a Weather Radio
Take all warnings next week seriously and remember, next week could be just the beginning of a busy April for severe weather weather. More to come…