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[Updated] Thursday and Friday Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm Risk

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Thursday and Thursday Night Forecast The yellow area has a significant risk of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms (large hail and damaging thunderstorm-generated winds). The orange, hatched area is where there is an enhanced risk  giant hail and tornadoes are more likely. The red oval is where I believe there is a higher risk of tornadoes, especially Thursday evening.  Update:  The NWS has updated their forecast for Thursday and it is below.  Their red area is very similar to my orange area. However, they pull their higher risk area to include Hutchinson and Pratt and it is close to Wichita. Where you see red + hatching in their forecast there is an enhanced risk of strong tornadoes and  hail 2-3" in diameter. Elsewhere, where you see the hatching, there is a risk of tornadoes but the primary risk is hail ≥ 2 inches.  With the potential for strong tornadoes, it is important to monitor the weather Thursday (and Friday, see below). Of course, I will update these forecasts tomorrow. 

Another Government Fiasco Launched

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White House press secretary "American Climate Corps." Hmm. Are they going to flap their arms when the wind is too calm to turn the wind turbines? Light fires on cold winter days? Stand in front of hurricanes' storm surges to deflect the water? Seriously, this is the way they are described by the White House : The American Climate Corps will focus on equity and environmental justice advancing environmental justice environmental justice agenda tackle climate change  (Are they doing to wrestle the weather to the ground? Sorry, couldn't resist.) The above are direct quotes. I dunno, but this sounds more like a political army (launched just months before an election) to me.  And, better still, they will be coming to your home! Again, directly from the White House: And, if the Climate Corps is going to be doing weatherization, audits, etc., for free, what happens to be people who already do those jobs for a fee? The White House says the Climate Corps will be modeled after R

Green Energy Graft: Say It Ain't So!!

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The amount of graft in 'green' energy is just off the chart, but it is well hidden by the mainstream media. I hope the author of this article has his medical insurance paid up. 

Winter Wheat Weather Outlook

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Finally , the NWS has recovered the past two weeks' rainfall amounts and they are depicted for the winter wheat belt below. This rain will be, in part, provided by severe thunderstorms with the potential for tornadoes. Please scroll down. The dry weather from central Kansas to northeast New Mexico, along with adjacent areas, has caused some deterioration of the crop, especially in southwest Kansas.  Here is the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast rainfall amounts for the next seven days.  Please note the area where 5" is forecast in central Missouri. As this area has been fairly dry, I don't think there is much chance of major flooding. However, the area of 4" rains in eastern Oklahoma into the Arkansas Ozarks has received above average rainfall, so people in flood-prone areas should keep an eye on the weather starting Thursday night.  The rain will be a huge boost to the wheat crop but, unfortunately, it does not include much rain for the area of the High Plains

The Maui Horror Continues

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The horror on Maui continues . The news media has largely forgotten the victims of the August fire that killed 101. It is difficult to determine whether their plight is due to incompetence (Hawaii doesn't know how to handle the aftermath of wildfires) or evil (they are trying to force the victims to sell their valuable land for below-market prices). Three days after the fire, it was obvious that a Natural Disaster Review Board would have been tremendously valuable in this case . The NTSB, after which I want to pattern the Disaster Review Board, offers family assistance  to the victims of airline crashes and similar events. That would be an especially valuable service in this case.  We are 9 months after the fire and Fox News is reporting: FSRI investigators are still trying to get some records from the Maui Emergency Management Agency. Research program manager Derek Alkonis said Wednesday that they requested incident activity logs and other records from MEMA on multiple occasions

With Mother's Day and Graduations Coming Up....

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....I appreciate the books have been purchased as a result of Amazon's recent sale. The current price is still quite attractive. Please take a look at the outstanding reviews Warnings  has received.  Also, we have great photography for spring and summer at our Adobe Stock Photography site. We have several new images depicting wildfires. We are up to more than 150 photographs that primarily depict weather and other natural phenomena.  Please check them out. 

Outlook for Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes

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The good news: With high pressure covering much of the nation, strong and severe thunderstorms are suppressed for the next few days.  Unfortunately, it preliminary appears that our break in strong storms will end about Thursday with a period of intermittent severe thunderstorms lasting to Saturday. And, there are indictions that, with breaks, the severe thunderstorms may last into the week of the 28th.  Below is a general outline of where severe thunderstorms with potential tornadoes could occur from Thursday to Saturday.  The 7-day rainfall amount forecast reflects the heavier rainfall amounts from the strong thunderstorms.  Please check back from time to time this week and I'd appreciate it if you will tell your friends about this source for forecasts of extreme weather.