Another Substantial Tornado Threat from Plains into Missouri and Arkansas

(5-31) This should be the last day for  potential tornadoes for a while over Oklahoma but it could go out with a big bang.  Here’s the midday text and map from the Storm Prediction Center on today’s threat for strong tornadoes (Highest threat in red including Oklahoma City, Tulsa to near Springfield, Missouri):

   DEEP LAYER EFFECTIVE SHEAR VALUES ARE FAVORABLE FOR SUPERCELL 
   STORMS CAPABLE OF VERY LARGE HAIL...DAMAGING WINDS...AND 
   TORNADOES.  SHEAR VECTORS PERPENDICULAR TO THE N-S DRYLINE 
   OVER CENTRAL OK WILL FAVOR DISCRETE STORM  STRUCTURES.  ALL 
   12Z MODEL GUIDANCE INDICATES RAPID INTENSIFICATION OF THE 
   LOW LEVEL JET OVER CENTRAL OK BY EVENING AS THE UPPER 
   TROUGH APPROACHES.  GIVEN THESE PARAMETERS...IT APPEARS 
   THE THREAT OF A FEW  STRONG/VIOLENT TORNADOES ARE IN PLACE.  
   HAVE INCREASED SEVERE PROBABILITIES OVER THIS REGION...AND 
   PORTIONS OF CENTRAL/EASTERN OK WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR AN UPGRADE 
   TO HIGH RISK AT 20Z* 
threatmap

*HIGH RISK is reserved for the worst tornado days of the year.  They may only be issued two to three times a year.  Now is the time to be prepared.  Make sure to take these steps:

1.  Have a way to hear warnings.  No one should say “It hit without warning” on a day like today because chances are, all tornadoes will have good warnings

2. Take all warnings seriously

3.  If you go under a tornado warning, put your severe weather safety plan into action immediately

4.  Stay sheltered until the storm has passed

5.  When you take shelter, in addition to your safety kit, make sure you have your shoes on, your driver’s license (for proof of residency in case your neighborhood is hit and officials shut down the area) and a whistle (to aid searchers in case your home collapses around you)

This is a serious weather situation that should be taken seriously in the threat area.  Many tornado deaths are preventable if you take the proper action to protect you and your family…

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