Sunday, July 12, 2015

Dangerous Weather Today and Monday

May, 2015, was a month of extreme flooding and moderate levels of tornadoes. In June, and the first few days of July, things calmed down. So, it may come as a surprise that major severe weather is forecast for later today and Monday by the Storm Prediction Center.

Later Today and Tonight

The significant tornado risk (5%, brown) is relatively small. It does include the Twin Cities.

The biggest threat is damaging winds with gusts above 75 mph in the hatched area. There is a significant threat of gusts of 60 mph in the yellow areas. Large hail may accompany the winds in the northern region.

Monday and Monday Night

This map combined the probabilities of the various severe weather threats (tornado, damaging thunderstorm winds and large hail) and it shows a high risk in the Midwest and Ohio Valleys.

If you live in these areas, I recommend the following:
  • Have at least two sources of receive storm warnings.
  • Make sure your dependents and friends are aware of the threat.
  • Start monitoring the weather if you notice the sky begin to darken.
  • Have fresh batteries for a flashlight, weather radio, etc.
  • Keep your cell phone and computer charged but unplug them before the storm arrives.
  • Put your car in the garage and bring in anything can be blown about.
I will not be live-blogging the storms but will update periodically. 

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