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SPC upgrades portions of our area to ‘Slight Risk’ category for severe thunderstorms late day Thursday

Folks around the Tuscarawas Valley and surrounding region will need to pay attention to the weather Thursday afternoon and evening for the potential for severe thunderstorms.

In today’s afternoon update, the Storm Prediction Center has upgraded portions of our area to the “Slight Risk” category.

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I’ll note that the term “Slight” does not mean ‘slightly severe’ or that there is a ‘slight chance for severe thunderstorms. It’s best to remember that “Slight Risk” is actually a ’2′ on the five-point risk scale used by the SPC.

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The primary threats with late day storms tomorrow will be damaging wind gusts. Hail will also be possible in any strong thunderstorms tomorrow.

WHAT DOES ‘SEVERE’ THUNDERSTORM MEAN?
Many folks are unaware that the amount of lightning has nothing to do with whether a storm is severe or not. The reason being that ALL thunderstorms contain lightning by definition.

In order to be severe, a thunderstorm must meet any one of the following criteria:

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Thunderstorms are expected later today, but the risk for severe thunderstorms today is quite low. See today’s blog for more details about today’s weather.

Remain weather aware later this evening and especially tomorrow afternoon. We’ll have all the latest information – including a complete timeline and breakdown of what we can expect – later tonight and first thing Thursday morning right here on TuscWeather.net.

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2 Responses to SPC upgrades portions of our area to ‘Slight Risk’ category for severe thunderstorms late day Thursday

  1. Lee says:

    Thank you for the heads up and all the extra work you do. I appreciate your forecasts and plan around them as well.

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