Posted Thursday, June 17, 2021
The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has placed parts of our are in an Enhanced Risk (Level 3 on a scale of 1-5) for severe weather on Friday, June 18. All modes of severe weather are in play:
- Damaging straight-line wind gusts
- Large hail
- Isolated tornadoes
In addition, thunderstorms will be capable of producing heavy downpours and frequent lightning.
TIMING: There can be showers and storms in the region Friday morning. However, the main severe weather threat in our area will develop mainly around or after 2:00 PM in the afternoon through around 8:00 PM. (Timing will come into better focus later today and tonight.)
Although isolated tornadoes are possible, the greatest threat will come from high straight-line wind gusts. These can be just as damaging over a wider area than a tornado. Heavy rainfall can lead to flash flooding.
Much will depend on how much sun we manage to get during the morning and early afternoon. It will turn humid mid-afternoon-ish. Clearing skies and more sun will allow the atmosphere to recover from any early morning activity and increase instability during the afternoon and evening.
An Enhanced Risk is somewhat rare in our area. We don’t see it very often which is why it should get your attention. Be weather aware tomorrow afternoon and stay updated with future weather updates.