Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Hail No But Winds Yes

Not the usual type of winter storm to affect us (will see the effect later) this afternoon as a squall line of showers and embedded thunderstorms will push through the area late this afternoon. Expect at least a thunderstorm watch going into effect soon, possibly tornado watch as conditions are slightly favorable for tornadic activity later. Already a wind advisory in effect, and if you've been outside lately you'll know why - it's windy... Hope everyone picked up things that blow away in strong winds, including small children.

 Here's s look at current watches and outlooks issued by the Storm Predicition Center (SPC). I have a link to it on the right which you can check later to see what's going on.

MAIN THREAT = WIND

TORNADOES POSSIBLE

WWA'S (WATCHES, WARNINGS, ADVISORIES) IN EFFECT AT 12:30PM (EST)


STORM REPORTS SO FAR SHOWING LOTS OF WIND DAMAGE TO OUR WEST



RADAR: ACTIVITY STILL WEST OF THE MOUNTAINS WITH SHOWERS MOVING THROUGH BEFORE MAIN AREA ARRIVES AROUND 4-5PM 


LAST, BUT NOT LEAST, LATEST SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT FROM THE NWS WITH EMPHASIS ADDED:

A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL SWEEP EAST ACROSS NORTHEAST GEORGIA AND
THE WESTERN CAROLINAS THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THIS EVENING. A LINE
OR BAND OF STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AHEAD OF THE COLD FRONT
WILL MOVE ACROSS THE REGION WITH THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE
WIDESPREAD WIND DAMAGE WITH SOME WIND GUSTS IN THE 50 TO 70 MPH
RANGE. IN ADDITION...THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR A FEW BRIEF
TORNADOES TO DEVELOP. SOME OF THE SEVERE STORMS WILL OCCUR WITH
LITTLE OR NO LIGHTNING. ISOLATED FLOODING COULD DEVELOP ALONG A
FEW STREAMS BY LATE IN THE DAY. THE LINE OF STORMS SHOULD CROSS
THE MOUNTAINS THROUGH THE EARLY AFTERNOON. THE LINE WILL THEN MOVE
OUT ACROSS UPSTATE SOUTH CAROLINA AND THE NORTH CAROLINA FOOTHILLS
IN THE EARLY TO MIDDLE PART OF THE AFTERNOON...AND THEN THE
WESTERN PIEDMONT OF NORTH CAROLINA IN THE LATE AFTERNOON AND EARLY
EVENING.

OUT HERE.