After an unusually slow start to the late winter and early spring thunderstorm season, dangerous storms will return this week to the Central U.S.
Leo Fabi, director of stormsurvial.org, says people need to get ready. “There has been a very low tornado count this year. During the past three years an average of 163 tornadoes were officially recorded by the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) for the January through March period. This year, only 38 have been recorded for the same period. Unfortunately, people can become complacent during long periods of inactive severe weather. Now is the time to start thinking about checking your Weather Alert Radios and making sure the entire family knows what to do when violent weather threatens.”
The Storm Prediction Center is forecasting severe weather for portions of the Central U.S. this week. It will be the first time since late spring of last year when multiple risk days were forecast for the region. Large hail, damaging winds, flooding and tornadoes will be possible according to the SPC forecast.
“The jet stream is transitioning from a winter pattern into a typical spring configuration,” Fabi says. The jet stream alignment determines where storms form and how intense they might become. Some of the weather models are forecasting a very active and dangerous period over the course of the next few weeks. The weather will need to be watched carefully.”
For severe weather outlooks visit the SPC website at http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/
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