Severe Storms Possible Friday

Update: Thu 21 Oct 2010

New map posted Thursday is below. Discussion of the severe risk percentages is new, forecast is essentially the same:

The 30% zone on the map below means a 30% chance of severe weather happening within 25 miles of any one point inside the red area. That's a mouthful, isn't it?

To truly understand what this means, one must know what the "normal" chance for severe storms at any one point would be in late October. Let's say it's 1%; the actual value is somewhere in this range. So the red zone has a 30 times greater than average chance for severe weather tomorrow.

This doesn't mean an apocalyptic weather event; it simply points to ramped up odds which will probably correspond to some severe weather in this zone. In a similar fashion, the 15% and 5% areas are under the gun, but less so than the 30% area.

Here are the primary factors:

>>>> Increasing wind shear

>>>>A stiff southerly wind develops providing deep moisture

>>>>Strong lift provided by mid-level low and dry line (discussion continues below map)

Limiting factors:

Time of day storms arrive; a late-morning arrival Friday would tend to provide a pocket of rain-cooled air which may not have time to re-heat during the short October afternoon.

Dry line position: If it remains further west than expected, storms could dissipate before reaching Texoma, or at least weaken.

This is essentially a spring-type situation taking place in October.

Take Care,
Steve LaNore
Chief Meteorologist



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