May 3, 2011 - Another Round Of Storms

By: Mallory Brooke
By: Mallory Brooke

Another round of storms will move through the region Tuesday afternoon and evening, but how will it compare to last week's storms? Read on in today's blog!

On the anniversary of one of the most well known tornado outbreaks in the southern Plains, we're expecting more severe weather here in the Valley.

(That outbreak is the May 3, 1999 tornado outbreak where an F-5 tornado passed just to the south of Oklahoma City)

The good news is that we're not expecting a round of severe weather like we did last week. There are a lot of factors that bring me to this thought, but a huge factor is that the dewpoints are about 10 degrees lower than they were last week through our severe weather outbreak. Moisture is a key component to storm development and those 10 degrees make a huge difference. We also haven't spent nearly as much time in this hot and humid air mass as we did last week. The system dynamics as a whole are completely different. In addition, this will be affecting us mainly in the daylight hours. Most storms should dissipate or weaken after sunset - much better than the overnight storms last week.

That being said - we're still expecting some severe storms to develop in the region. These storms do have the capability of producing large hail, damaging wind gusts, and isolated tornadoes. Make sure you're prepared for this round of severe weather!


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