SEVERE WEATHER RISK: SLIGHT
TROPICAL STORM FORMATION: NONE
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Good day everyone!
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) Norman, OK. has designated a SLIGHT risk of Severe Thunderstorms OVER PARTS OF NEW ENGLAND and THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PLAINS…
There is a MARGINAL risk OVER PARTS OF NEW ENGLAND, THE PLAINS REGION AND PARTS OF THE GULF COAST AREA…
Based on information contained in the outlook, and my analysis of forecast sounding values and indices, TX should once again be the recipient of the brunt of severe weather. Analysis of these parameters indicates to best probability for tornado activity lies within the outlined area in the following map, with the possibility of isolated tornadoes associated with stronger cells, becoming strong and long track from mid afternoon to early evening. This is based on the 06Z run of the NAM-WRF model graphic output from F5 DATA Severe Weather software.
Residents within the risk areas, should monitor NOAA Weather Radio and local NWS statements and warnings this afternoon into evening.
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TROPICAL WEATHER SECTION FOR THE ATLANTIC, CARIBBEAN SEA AND GULF OF MEXICO:
The mid-upper low I’ve been monitoring several hundred miles east of FL. has shown very little change over the past 24 hours. This low continues to move toward the west. Based on water vapor loop imagery, and wind shear, I am not expecting any development from this area.
Analysis of the global models this morning indicates varying solutions from each model, however with the FIM 8 and FIM 9 models being in very close agreement with each other. The GFS shows the trof split I have been mentioning, and develops a weak low over the southern portion of the FL. peninsula, to the FL. straits.
The CMC indicates a weak low just off the SE portion of FL., into the extreme NW Bahamas area.
The ECMWF indicates a piece of the 500 mb trof split, and an inverted trof over the FL. peninsula, which I have placed a black circle around the 500 mb feature, and trof axis in yellow.
So, quite a different look this morning, as opposed to a couple of days ago. A little lesson in model analysis…when models are waffling like this, we see at times, and in general, they will be more robust on initialization of features in the tropics, then back off, as in this case, with the GFS and CMC sometimes showing stronger solutions on and off thereafter. You see, global models are not “Hurricane Models” per se…they are just what the name implies…Global Models. Information is put into them, and they spit out a mathematical solution..it is not there job to accurately pinpoint tropical development. They do however, indicate where they “think” various highs and lows may be located. As a meteorologist, this type scenario has to be looked at as the models “hinting” that some mischief “could” occur…sending a signal to folks like me, that the area needs to be monitored. Pressure heights are still forecast to rise over the northern and eastern tier of states over the next 10 days, which naturally means, pressure anomalies will lower to the south. This is meteorology 101…in that the PGF (Pressure Gradient Force) flows from higher pressure to lower pressure.
So as the first week of the 2015 hurricane season begins, I will be monitoring the area for any suspicious activity.
Elsewhere, Tropical Storm formation is not expected during the next 7 days.
Have a blessed day!
T. F. “STORM” WALSH III GMCS, USCG (ret)
METEOROLOGIST / HURRICANE SPECIALIST / SEVERE WEATHER SPECIALIST MEMBER WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA AMS