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Monday, February 27, 2017: Severe weather update with video and Facebook links

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1. Make sure your weather radios are in working order.
2. Make sure you have turned on WeatherOne in your text message service. That is the first text message option and is the one I use to send you tornado alerts. Sign up at
3. Monitor updated forecast, because confidence on what happens Tuesday night and Wednesday morning is low.


Let’s break it down.

No problems today. Mild.


Thunderstorms are possible tonight after midnight. Some of the storms could produce dime to nickel size hail.

Severe weather, outside of hail, is not anticipated. In other words, I am not concerned about tornadoes or damaging winds tonight into early Tuesday morning.

Tuesday: Morning storms will end (mostly over western Kentucky and the Missouri Bootheel/west Tennessee)

We should be capped on Tuesday afternoon. A CAP (see graphic below) is when warm air aloft prevents updrafts from rising. This prevents thunderstorms from forming. The CAP allows energy to build.

Tuesday night and Wednesday morning:

All modes of severe weather will be possible IF the CAP breaks and storms form ahead of a squall line.

What is a squall line? A squall line is a line of thunderstorms that forms along and ahead of cold fronts. Squall lines can produce hail, damaging winds, and occasionally short lived tornadoes.

The big question will be supercells. Do supercells form ahead of the cold front.

Supercells are the storms that produce large hail, damaging winds, and longer tracked tornadoes.

The local NWS offices, the Storm Prediction Center, and every local meteorologist is currently wrestling with this question.

I always tell you when I don’t know.

I don’t know if supercells will form ahead of the squall line.

I am confident a squall line forms and moves through the area after midnight on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.

Even if supercells don’t form, the squall line will be capable of producing wind damage, hail, and short-lived tornadoes.

I would encourage you to monitor updated forecasts. This will most likely be an all night event. Meaning, Tuesday night and Wednesday morning will need to be monitored by forecasters.

It is possible the worst of the weather will occur between 12 am Wednesday and 9 am Wednesday. That means it will be occurring while most people sleep. Thus, the reason I told you to make sure your weather radios are working and you have your text messages working.

I monitor all of the latest guidance and update accordingly.

On Tuesday night I will be with you all night to track the storms.



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