The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
-Psalm 19:1

Do you know that God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash?
-Job 37:15



Friday, May 08, 2009

Dangerously damaging winds race across the country's mid-section

Missouri radar showing tornado warningsIt seems that all the rain events this year have led to flooding. Yesterday's storm near Montgomery, AL, dropped over 10" of rain in isolated spots with the same storm back-building and training over the same area throughout the day. Water rescues and unfortunately a death resulted. TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN!™ Today, it looks like they had a similar set-up near Nashville, TN. Urban flooding is always bad with heavy rains, but when those storms start training over one area, it really compounds the problem. Moving west from there, we were seeing a derecho wind event this morning in Kansas associated with a line of storms moving in excess of 70mph with even stronger embedded winds. That line has obviously raced eastward, forcing a moderate risk for severe weather and a Potentially Dangerous Situation (PDS severe watches have been issued) in the Arkansas/Missouri area. A public severe weather statement has also been issued.

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER IN NORMAN OK IS FORECASTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS OVER PARTS OF SOUTHERN MISSOURI AND NORTHERN ARKANSAS THIS MORNING THROUGH MID DAY.

WELL DEFINED...VERY STRONG THUNDERSTORM COMPLEX IS MOVING ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN KANSAS INTO SOUTHWESTERN MISSOURI EARLY THIS MORNING. WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO ACCOMPANY THE STRONGEST PORTION OF THIS COMPLEX AS IT SURGES EAST AT ROUGHLY 60 MPH ACROSS SOUTHERN MISSOURI...POSSIBLY EXTENDING INTO NORTHERN ARKANSAS. VERY STRONG WINDS HAVE ALREADY OCCURRED WITH THIS SYSTEM OVER PARTS OF SRN KANSAS WHERE GUSTS HAVE APPROACHED 80 MPH DURING THE OVERNIGHT HOURS.
The line out ahead of that (the one flooding Nashville this morning) is now moving through north Georgia and the Carolinas.

At the time of my post, there were already 3 tornado reports, but it's very possible that much of the damage will be evaluated as wind damage from straight line winds, rather than tornadoes, just based on the dynamic of the system.

Be safe! Listen for warnings on your NOAA Weather Radio, and take all warnings seriously.

12:12EDT update: My... how things change so quickly when a storm is racing across the country. Compare the area of moderate risk...~Dewdrop

5 comments:

  1. Looks like the VORTEX2 and Storm Chasers crews are going to have quite a bit of weather to contend with this year!

    I just got my old SAME enabled NOAA Weather Radio installed for my mother- and father-in-law, so they can be informed of impending weather.

    Also, I just posted a new video on my site, complete with a music score and opening and closing titles!

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  2. I've always loved bad weather, and weather in general. Your posts are just fabulously interesting.

    I am just fascinated with the information you give out, Missy Dewdrop! Thank you for sharing!

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  3. Hi Dew - Survived another one, here in Tn. Getting mighty tired of this stuff.

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  4. BJ, whew!

    Ken, so sweet to do that... if I could just get my dear in-laws to turn theirs on... I did sign them up for instant telephone weather alerts, land line and cell.

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