Yesterday was The Weather Centre's 2nd anniversary, but today was what I consider the real anniversary.
I want to thank everyone who has come here and viewed or commented anything here. It really means a lot. I hope this is 2 of many years of weather to come.
Reminder: The May 2012 Outlook comes out tomorrow!
Today's Featured Posts: Thanksgiving Potential Wintry Storm System and November 20-22 Potentially Significant Winter Storm (Updated TODAY) ALSO: Long Range Forecast (Posted 11/19)
Friday, April 27, 2012
Make note that composite reflectivity is theoretically the maximum power a storm has. That said, this does not appear likely to verify, but some strong storms are still possible in the areas mentioned before.
On a side note, as the cold weather makes a very unwelcome return, it just so happens that I may be coming down with a little something. A nuisance at best at this point, but this is just a heads up if posting becomes scarce in the next few days (I don't expect it to).
Compact yet intense low pressure area is currently in place over western Kansas. Wind analysis indicates intense wind spinning in that area, leading to likely spinning in the atmosphere. 700mb and 300mb maps also indicate the presence of a storm system in the area.
Current radar is indicating a strong storm cluster in north central Kansas, as well as a couple 'popcorn' cells along the western edge of the tornado watch box. These will likely be the supercells that will have to be watched.
Modest instability is in place. With the close proximity of the frontal boundary to the watch box, a tight temperature gradient combined with a fairly intense wind field are making for fair tornado conditions.
Surface analysis charts indicate that winds are flowing steadily into western Kansas, indicating the presence of a disturbance in the area. 500mb analysis confirms the presence of a small yet intense low pressure system currently sitting over western Kansas.
The radar below is real-time. Blue boxes are severe t-storm warnings, and red boxes are tornado warnings. Stay safe everyone.