April 26, 2011 - Active April Weather Continues

By: Mallory Brooke
By: Mallory Brooke

April has been an extremely active month, and it will stay on that track through the final days - read all about the severe weather threat in today's blog!

Showers and thunderstorms have been moving through the Valley for days now as a storm system remains stalled over the Midwest.

The same areas hit with storms over the weekend and Monday are dealing with more storms Tuesday, until the system finally shifts towards the east Tuesday night and Wednesday.

Temperatures in the 80's, dewpoints in the 60's, put our area in a prime spot for severe weather, even before the cold front actually gets here. Remember we need three ingredients for storm development: Instability, Moisture, Uplift. The moisture and instability have been present almost every day, and without the front, our uplift has come from the terrain.

We are in slight risk of severe weather (as put out by the Storm Prediction Center) from Tuesday evening through the wee hours of Thursday morning. The time frame I'm most concerned with is about 10pm Wednesday night through 2am Thursday morning, mainly because most of us will be sleeping and that's when the strongest storms of the week should be moving through.

Biggest threat for this week's severe weather: damaging winds.

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