NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has issued a rare 'high risk' (level 5 out of 5) severe weather forecast for Friday afternoon and evening, the first such 'high risk' forecast they've issued since the March 25, 2021 tornado outbreak in the South. The likelihood of strong to violent tornadoes, damaging thunderstorm winds and hail is high in areas shown in the map.
Additional weather statements from origin.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/… -
...Severe thunderstorms likely and flash flooding possible from the
Midwest to the Lower Mississippi Valley today...
...Heavy snow and blizzard conditions forecast from the northern Plains to
the Upper Great Lakes through early Saturday...
...Critical Fire Weather concerns and high winds across the Southern High
Plains over the next several days...
...High winds and severe thunderstorms possible on Saturday across the
Appalachians and Interior Northeast...
Please be prepared and inform your friends and family in affected areas.
Preparedness actions from www.spc.noaa.gov/...
Review your severe weather safety procedures for the possibility of dangerous weather today.
Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, weather.gov, or other media for watches and warnings.
A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for tornadoes to form during the next several hours.
If a tornado warning is issued for your area, move to a place of safety, ideally in a basement or interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building.
Prepare for power outages as well.
Please post additional information about resources, storm shelters, etc. in the comments section.
Causes of the latest bouts of severe weather
From weather.com/…, the cause of today’s storms are the latest round of storms to hit California.
The origin of this potentially volatile setup is a storm that has brought more snow, rain and wind to the West, including California.
That southward plunge of the jet stream will pivot into the Plains. When that happens, low pressure near the surface strengthens, pulling warm and humid air northward from the Gulf of Mexico.
This combination of wind shear (winds increasing and changing direction from the ground upward); instability from warm, humid air near the ground topped by cold, dry air aloft; and lift from a dryline and the associated cold and warm fronts typically produces some severe weather.
The Southeast is cursed, in multiple ways already.
Add in climate change driven weather and things are getting worse already.
Storm shelter map -
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