4.8.15 After a fairly quiet tornado season up until this point, warm and humid conditions will be combining with atmospheric energy to trigger severe thunderstorms from the Plains into the Midwest on Wednesday. This from the Storm Prediction Center:
CURRENT THINKING IS THAT SURFACE-BASED STORMS WILL INITIATE ALONG THE DRYLINE-FRONT INTERSECTION OVER NCNTRL OK OR SCNTRL KS BY LATE AFTERNOON…WHILE OTHER MORE ISOLATED ACTIVITY MAY DEVELOP FARTHER SW FROM THE ERN TX PANHANDLE INTO WRN TX WITHIN ZONE OF DEEP MIXING ALONG THE DRYLINE… … .THREAT FOR TORNADOES /A COUPLE OF WHICH COULD BE STRONG/ WILL ALSO INCREASE BY LATE AFTERNOON INTO THE EARLY EVENING AS THE LOW LEVEL JET STRENGTHENS
If you live in the areas mentioned above, make sure to have a source to hear weather warnings. A weather radio or weather app for your smartphone are two great ways for that. Also, make sure you know where you’ll go in your home in the event of a warning. An engineered storm shelter is best. If you don’t have one, go to the lowest floor of your home, get in a small room such as a bathroom or closet in the middle of the house away from windows, get down and cover your head. Try to put as many walls between you and the outside as possible for maximum protection.
This is the beginning of what will likely be an active period of severe weather for the next few weeks as the jet stream looks to remain active for the foreseeable future. Now that we’re finally seeing warmer air across the country, the tornado count looks to begin rising after a bit of a tornado drought for the spring so far…