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High Risk of Severe Weather

While not pertaining to local weather or any interesting fact, today has a possibility of being a historic day for the weather community. The SPC has issued a “high” risk for severe weather today in NW Texas and SW Oklahoma. It has been over 2 years since a risk like this was issued. Ominously, it was also on this date in 2013 that an EF5 destroyed much of Moore, Oklahoma.

Much of the weather community is aware of the threat today, but it is important to remember that not everyone sees it this way. The people that live through this experience lose their entire livelihood. It can be exciting watching from a thousand miles away on social media or your television, but remember that these are real people and to them, it is a troublesome event that produces memories of absolute terror.

That being said, baseball sized hail is expected. There is a large chance for damaging winds and long-tract destructive tornadoes. These are expected from the start of supercellular action early this afternoon and the threat will continue into the overnight hours. A negatively tilted synoptic cyclone will provide substantial instability and shear to provoke such a system. Moisture from the north will mix with this providing heavy precipitation and major flash flooding in the area as well. If you have family or friends in this area, you need to make them aware of the situation if they are not already.

— Cardinal Weather Service Forecaster Parker Graber —