Friday, April 15, 2011

Severe Weather Outbreak- Starkville, MS

This is the current severe weather outlook according to the Storm Prediction Center.  A line of thunderstorms currently stretched across eastern Texas and western Arkansas will continue to push east ahead of a cold front and associated dryline.  Thunderstorms are expected to develop ahead of this line during the afternoon Friday, moving through Starkville mainly between 2 and 5 PM.  While that sounds like a broad time frame, multiple rounds of storms will be possible.  Any storms developing ahead of the line will be in a very unstable atmosphere given the high amounts of wind shear and instability, causing them to rotate and become supercells and possibly produce tornadoes.  There is really no cap in place, so any storms that develop will explode upward which will also make large hail possible.  The main threats tomorrow will be for damaging winds in excess of 70 to 80 MPH, hail up to the size of baseballs, and strong/long-tracked tornadoes.  Stay aware of rapidly changing weather conditions as well as watches and warnings from the National Weather Service.  If a tornado warning is issued, do not drive.  Take shelter in a sturdy building away from doors and windows.  I will do my best to keep this updated as severe weather develops.

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