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April 9, 2008: Major Severe Weather Outbreak Coming?

 Good Morning Everyone

The region should prepare for a significant severe weather outbreak.  The Storm Prediction Center and the National Weather Service believes (and I agree) that the region could experience a severe thunderstorm and tornado outbreak from Thursday into Friday Morning.

There will likely be several periods of thunderstorms.  The first period will be with the warm front on Thursday Morning.  There could be severe weather with the passage of the warm front.  Large hail and high winds would be the primary threat.

More importantly will be what happens on Thursday Afternoon and into Thursday Night.  It is still too far out to determine exact details, however, computer models indicate that a major outbreak of severe weather will likely impact the entire region.  This will include the threat for large and damaging tornadoes.  We will need to wait and see if clouds clear out on Thursday and allow more instability to build across the region.  The more instability the more intense the outbreak will be.  As is always the case.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed the region in a moderate risk for severe weather.  This could be upgraded to high risk.  The potential exists for an event similar to some of the large events over the past few years.  This region seems to have these regularly now.

I would encourage everyone to listen to NOAA Weather Radio and local news media for updates on this potentially dangerous severe weather outbreak.  I can’t emphasize enough the potential threat of this system.  As always the details will have to be worked out on Thursday.  Let’s hope it doesn’t live up to its potential.

I will have several updates between now and the beginning of the severe weather.

Beau Dodson