|Virga (rain falling but evaporating before reaching ground) over Wichita at 7:17am.|
When it comes to tornadoes, 5% is considered the significant threshold. So, from Omaha and Lincoln south to Wichita and Hutchinson and into Alva, OK special attention should be paid to the weather later today.
Large Hail and Damaging Wind Threat
|Forecasts by NWS Storm Prediction Center|
There is a threat of large hail (1" in diameter or larger) and/or thunderstorm winds of 58 mph (50 kt.) or greater from the Twin Cities to Oklahoma City and Wichita Falls (15% is the significant threshold for severe thunderstorms). Of course, all thunderstorms can produce cloud-to-ground lightning.
There will be number of college football games played in this region during the period when thunderstorms approach. Please be "weather aware" if you are attending a game. Your car is reasonable protection from lightning and hail (as opposed to being in the stands) but is not adequate protection from a tornado.
University administrators: Do you have a plan for your football fans in case tornadoes threaten? This includes getting word in time to get people to much more substantial shelter than the stadium?