SEVERE WEATHER TODAY, DAMAGING WINDS, MIRCOBURSTS, AND AN ISOLATED TORNADO
An approaching cold front will bring the risk of Severe Weather today, The Storm Prediction Center has issued a level 2/5 risk for severe weather from Raleigh north and east. From Fayetteville to Charlotte and Greensboro a lower 1/5 risk.
An approaching cold front from the north will bring the chance of severe weather, in fact, The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Level 2/5 risk for areas from Raleigh north and east. That being said, I don't expect widespread severe weather it should be more isolated. One Key ingredient for severe weather is CAPE ( Convective Available Potential Energy) this important for the development of severe weather. Models are showing 2000-3000 J/Kg which is more than enough for storms to fire. However, something that could be in place today that might cause storms to struggle to develop is a CAP, The cap is a shallow layer of warm air above the surface in the atmosphere. This is also called an inversion. As energy-rich, warm, damp air rises, it may stop rising if it reaches this layer where it is no longer warmer. Just like a hot air balloon goes up when the balloon is warmer than the surrounding air, the same is true for warm, damp air. The CAP must be broken, think of a pressure cooker. When the cap is relatively weak and plenty of moisture-rich warm air is raising, it will begin to build up at this cap, which is also sometimes called a lid. Today models are showing some CAP; which might help cut down on storms. The longer and stronger the cap is the less amount of thunderstorms will develop. Additionally, the shear will be moderate 20kt-35kt, another important ingredient for severe weather. However, while the wind shear will be moderate directional shear will be lower that's why the Tornado threat will be rather low but not zero.
Above is the forecasted severe weather areas, based on the SPC outlook, the greatest chance to see some severe storms will be in the yellow (slight) area. The main threats will be scattered damaging winds and microbursts
THREATS: The main mode of Severe Weather today will be damaging winds, however While winds through the lowest 3 km will remain modest, vertical shear through a deeper layer with winds up to 20-35 kt at 500 mb will support wind profiles at least marginally sufficient for mid-level updraft rotation thus an isolated Tornado is possible in some storms, but multicellular convection will probably be the dominant mode as storms consolidate into lines and clusters. Strong to damaging wind gusts should be the primary threat with the threat of microbursts in stronger storms . The timing of these storms will be from mid-afternoon to the late evening hours and overnight.
Storms will be moving west to east and north to south this afternoon development will start around 3PM and continue through 11PM, Stay Weather Aware!
Future Radar through Sunday, cooler airmass will follow today's storms for the weekend.
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