An Unsettled First Week of May
Thunderstorms are in the forecast pretty much every day this week along with near record temperatures!
Average temperatures this time of year should be about 70 degrees. We're going to be about 15 degrees above average all week!
We have a few waves of Low pressure that keep moving through the area. Along with the weak cold front, or shall I say "slightly cooler front" that keepS moving into but not all the way through our area. So we're seeing the energy associated with a cold front to help lift the air, aiding in thunderstorms, but we're continuing to stay under the influence of the warm sector keeping us well above average.
With the unsettled conditions and upper level wave that will be moving through the area Wednesday afternoon we could possible see some strong to severe storms develop.
The upper level wave will help with enhanced lift to increase the intensity of storms.
The Storm Prediction center in Norman Oklahoma has us in the "Slight" risk category for severe storms for Wednesday.
The Storm Prediction Center is located in the heart of Tornado Alley and they forecast the risk of severe storms in the US. Monday, we mentioned that with the storms in the forecast this week, and heat severe storms were a possibility, and they are in fact possible for Wednesday.
Remember a Severe Thunderstorm WATCH means conditions are favorable for severe storms to develop. This could be issued 4 to 8 hours in advance but sometimes, a watch is not issued at all if some storms strengthen more than they are expected.
A Severe Thunderstorm WARNING means that a severe thunderstorm is happening right now. This happens after the storm develops and strengths to severe status.
To be classified as a severe thunderstorm, a storm has to pack winds of more than 58 mph, or hail an inch in diameter or larger, or a storm that could produce a tornado.
Make sure you stay inside or away from windows, it is not safe to drive during hail events or even strong winds.
Strong winds and hail are going to be the biggest threat for Wednesday.
The warmth just continues, along with the humidity.
Our record highs for the rest of the week:
Thursday: Record high 89 set back in 1913
Friday: Record high 89 set back in 1905
Keep in mind the severe weather threat this week, and stay with WHSV as we will update you as storms progress.