A potentially dangerous afternoon and evening is ahead for parts of NC, tornadoes and damaging winds look the greatest threat. A vigorous storm system will bring the threat for strong to severe thunderstorms across North Carolina, especially Triangle west, after 2PM today. A warm and humid airmass and an approaching disturbance will combine to produce widespread storms, and some of these storms could be severe. It is now spring and if you have lived in NC long of enough you know what that means severe weather. You'll want to stay weather aware this afternoon. Below is everything you need to know, and what we know right now. Updated at 9AM on Sunday April 14th, 2019
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WHAT: An approaching disturbance from the west will bring the chance of thunderstorms, in fact, The Storm Prediction Center has outlined most of NC in a level 3/5 for severe weather. A strong surface low currently over Georgia will push east into the state later today, out ahead of the low a warm and moist environment will allow for the development of severe weather. While instability values will be relatively modest, the dynamics involved to overcome that, most likely, with the jet stream winds of 120knots, and 90knots at 500mb (18,000ft). We will have a strong low level shear in place this afternoon and evening. Additionally, the latest NAM shows around 1500 of ML CAPE(Convective Available Potential Energy) at 5PM on Sunday over a good portion of the state. Expecting 0-6km Shear over 70kts. These values could be overdone, however, models have been very imperative with this. The situation for the Triangle and points east will occur very late at night into Monday, thanks to diurnal instability. While storms normally weaken overnight due to nocturnal stabilization, these storms may actually increase in intensity after midnight due to the available instability and the strong kinematic field. This may set the stage for tornadic t-storms to occur overnight, a potentially dangerous situation since most folks will be asleep when the most active weather may be occurring. This includes the foothills, Triad areas, Triangle, and Eastern NC. Nonetheless, the greatest areas to see widespread severe weather will the Triad and points west
Above is the Severe weather threat based on the Storm Prediction Center forecasting, the greatest chance will be from the Triangle (i95 west) into the mountains.
THREATS: Based on the current model analysis, all types of severe weather is expected. Damaging winds look to be the greatest threat, however, the threat for tornadoes also is possible. Models are showing discrete supercells out ahead of the 2nd line over Foothills/ Central NC, this trend will be monitored for Tornadoes. As always with all storms, large hail is possible too. The timing of these storms will be from mid- late afternoon to the overnight hours. Please remember overnight severe weather is extremly dangerous have many way to receive warnings tonight.
TORNADOES: Here's a look at the Tornado Index for today, while we are expecting widespread damaging winds today. All of the dynamics are there and a Tornado is possible at any time, even during the overnight hours mainly of the Triad /central area for the overnight period. The Tornado Index is taken on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the worse, many areas have 4-6 which means there is a 40-60% chance of seeing a Tornado within 30 miles of that point. If supercell storm initiation does occur, the combination of buoyancy and wind shear would support larger tornadoes. The good news is, should we see more cloud cover today the tornado threat will be lower!
Here's a look at the threat by region, more information below!
Don't freak out I got you covered! Please stay tuned for updates as things and will change, 24/7 updates throughout the storms will occur on North Carolina's Weather Authority. I am closely monitoring the situation, make sure you have many ways to receive severe weather alerts. Questions please message on the Facebook page not on the website!
CALL TO ACTION: People must have a way of hearing warnings, and that way should never, ever be a siren. Their purpose is only to reach a limited number of people outdoors. Every North Carolina home and business must have a NOAA Weather radio, properly programmed and with a fresh battery backup. Be sure WEA (Wireless Emergency Alerts) are enabled on your phone (check notification settings)... even with no good weather app installed you will receive a tornado warning with a loud audible alert.
If you live in a manufactured home, you have to GET OUT if a tornado warning is issued. Have a shelter identified, or other place identified that is open when you are at risk. Know how to get there quickly.
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