Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Friday's severe weather risk

If you stopped by my Facebook or Twitter account earlier today, you probably saw that we have a risk of severe weather on Friday.  If not, here's what you need to know.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma has placed parts of central and much of eastern Kansas in an "Enhanced risk" for severe weather Friday afternoon and evening.  See the graphic below.

Because of this risk, we've designated Friday as a "Weather Alert Day."  It's simply an advanced "heads up" that severe storms may impact your Friday plans.  As the forecast gets closer to the time of this severe weather potential, we'll be able to resolve some of the key details and weather ingredients needed for storms on Friday.  The ultimate location of boundaries (warm front, dryline, etc) remain to be seen, timing may change slightly and the areas most at risk may change a bit too.  Should you go cancelling your plans now?  Of course not!  I wouldn't cancel plans the day of either for that matter.  Simply pay attention to the forecast over the next couple of days.  As we look over additional information in the next 24 hours, we'll have a better idea how the forecast will evolve.  Don't panic...simply stay tuned.