Hail To The Chief: Severe Weather In Play Again

James Zahara Weather Blog

Here we go again!  The same warm and humid air mass that produced numerous reports of strong wind gusts and hail yesterday will help fuel our second round of severe weather later today.  The Storm Prediction Center has just updated their severe weather outlook for today and as you can see, the slight risk (represented in yellow) remains intact for the area with the stronger chances well to our south.

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Eastern Iowa and Illinois stands on the warmer side of this system with southerly winds pulling warm, moist unstable air out of the central plains into the Midwest.  Factor in a strong jet aloft blowing over 100 mph from west to east and you have the makings of a change in wind direction with height, otherwise known as shearing.  This will allow these cluster of thunderstorms to rotate and last longer than the average life span of a thunderstorm.

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The prime threat appears to be large hail and straight-line winds.  Click this image indicating the potential for large hail.  The second image below indicates high wind probabilities.

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The bottom line is you want to be prepared.  Make sure you know where to go when severe weather is quickly approaching your hometown.  Any loose items, such as childen’s toys and yard equipment need to be properly stored.  Intense winds could carry these items and make them projectiles.  Be ready if or when the power goes out in your household.  You can always keep in touch with us on our News 8 app or Facebook throughout the entire weather event.

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