Take a breath

We’ve had a pretty noisy stretch over the last couple of days, with severe weather sweeping through the Plains over the last two days, and into the Mid Mississippi Valley today. High pressure is moving to the middle of the country tomorrow, and will stamp out much severe weather from then on, at least through the weekend, and perhaps through the beginning of the following week.

If you live in the center of the country, you were just experiencing some wet and stormy weather over the last couple of days, and through the end of the week, you will see temperatures that are well below normal. Great news, though, as the end of the month, nearly nationwide, is expected to be warmer than normal.

Among the places seeing warmer temperatures on the way is Phoenix. It’s not going to be crazy, but it will be a few degrees shy of 100 next week.

We aren’t out of snow season yet!

Sure, yes, the forecast snow, in this case showing the chance of 8″ over a three day stretch through Tuesday evening, is confined to the mountains, but it is still snow, and still an ample amount of snow, especially in northern California. That means busy weather, moisture aloft and yes, cold air at some level. This will translate to severe weather when the feature hits the Plains.

Wind is howling through the plains

Low pressure moving through the Northern Plains today, in addition to bringing the threat for severe weather in the south and clouds to eclipse viewers for a lot of the country, is bringing some very gusty winds to some parched sections of the central US.

The Weather Service in Goodland called for hurricane force winds, and observations throughout the region are right there, with gusts over 50mph in many locales.

Severe weather now will lead to more tomorrow

There have been quite a few severe storms this evening, from Indiana to Texas, including super cells with detected tornadoes and very large hail. St. Louis was in a tornado warning, and some suburbs saw 2″ diameter hail. There had been a moderate risk for severe weather over Oklahoma that has since been allowed to transition to an enhanced risk, but again, tomorrow, we are looking at a moderate risk, with the bullseye over a different “o” state – Ohio.

It’s absolutely severe season now, so this shouldn’t be a surprise. Be weather aware throughout the Buckeye State and even points south to the Florida Panhandle. Strong, long lived tornadoes are most likely, however, in that red shaded areas.