FORECAST UPDATE: Strong Storm Potential Increasing This Afternoon & Evening
Fri, 02 Aug 2013 16:06:08 GMT —
New data coming in this morning and early afternoon is showing the "isolated" threat for severe weather is now becoming a little more of a higher risk for the afternoon and evening. Early morning showers and t-storms out west fell apart before arriving and didn't stabilize the atmosphere the way the early morning data suggested it would. What this means is that the atmosphere has plenty of time to recover from some of the clouds that kept us cooler during the morning. High should easily climb above 80º this afternoon, making the atmosphere a little more unstable ahead of our cold front. We're not expected widespread severe thunderstorms. We just wanted to let you know the new data suggests any storms that do fire will have a better chance of turning severe.
Timing of the increased storm threat looks to be from after 1 pm to 9 pm, with our northern counties earlier in the day, and our southern counties later in the day. Should severe weather develop, the greatest threats are large hail and damaging winds. Isolated tornados are also possible, but not as great a threat as hail and winds.
The data is still a little muddled, and things could change again. We aren't sounding the alarm to scare anyone, we just wanted to update you on the changes that may occur with the latest data.
Keep it at NBC 25 and minbcnews.com for the latest throughout the day, and we'll have updates should conditions warrant them.