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Morning Forecast/Discussion, 2/26/2024: The (Warm) Calm Before the Storms

Things are “threatening” to be so nice, calm & warm today that the Cardinal Weather Service is issuing a “Hammock Warning” as multiple hammocks are possible today throughout the Quad at Ball State!

Good Morning, Cardinal Country! Shaping up to be a b-e-a-utiful Monday with temperatures expected to run near 25 degrees above normal! The rest of this morning we are already off to the races as we warmed 10 degrees in the last couple of hours under mainly clear skies except for a few high-level clouds that made for an amazing sunrise around 7:20 this morning. That sun – along with strengthening southerly winds – should help warm things up famously, bringing through the upper 50s by 11 am & past the 60° mark around noon! This is perfect for outdoor lunch plans at Brothers, hammocking & going for that morning or midday jog, depending on your schedule! However, things in the evening and especially the overnight hours are looking potentially much different and more active.

The possibility of marginally severe hail from thunderstorms overnight exists in our area. Pretty rare for February!

We have a marginal risk of severe thunderstorms developing along a warm frontal boundary (yes, we have warm weather already), which we expect to mainly be in the overnight period after midnight. Currently, the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has this marginal risk area outlined since an isolated storm could produce hail around an inch in diameter. The greater focus for severe weather does appear to be Tuesday night when that hail threat becomes more significant along with damaging winds and possible tornadoes. Stay tuned and weather-aware tonight and into tomorrow as we continue to watch things develop!

-Cardinal Weather Service Forecaster Ryan Hill

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