I declare Wednesday through Sunday this week as STORM WEEK. It's like shark week, If you don't pay attention to the weather it could bite you in the ??? pants!
On a serious note, there's no need to be scared and I'm not hyping anything up. Chief Brody had reason to be scared. He didn't have a plan, the boat was too small, the shark too big and the captain was a lunatic. We don't have those issues. We go through this almost every spring so you know the drill. Stay weather aware and don't be scared. Have respect for the weather. Have a safety plan ready to go and pay close attention to the local forecast this week. If you'e outside playing or on a road trip it's even more important to stay in touch with the latest weather conditions either with radio or digital media and so on. It's mind boggling to me how many times people are killed blindly driving into tornadoes on the interstate unaware of the dangerous conditions just a few miles up the road. In all honesty the risk areas and watches don't mean all that much. Just pay attention to the WARNINGS and have a safety plan ready to go if and when warnings are issued. Use common sense. Take shelter, action and get out of harms way when warnings are issued for your area!
OK now here is the set up this week. I've posted below the upper weather pattern and the surface weather pattern for Wed eve, Thu eve, Fri eve, Sat eve and Sun eve. Basically, conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms each day across the western high plains of Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas during the late afternoon hours and then shifting northeast. All modes of severe weather seem possible including tornadoes.
Here's Wednesday Evening.
So if you look at each day you'll notice almost the same over all weather pattern. Thunderstorms blowing up out west and tracking northeast during the late afternoon / evening hours with atmospheric conditions favorable for severe weather. It's impossible to predict the exact details on how each day sets up this far out. Some days will have a higher risk than other days and not all days will impact where you live. However, the threat is there each and everyday through the weekend so lets watch the weather closely. We know what can happen this time of year! Saturday could the the most dangerous day as the main storm system approaches but that remains to be seen.
I'll try and post more weather updates as the details become clearer. As I stated in earlier weather blogs this is not the end all severe weather set up. I'm expecting several rounds of regular severe weather including the threat for tornadoes depending on exactly how each day sets up. Hopefully, more widespread significant rainfall too! Be safe everyone.