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  1. Should be the hottest day of the year, for a while, although heating up slower than the NWS forecast. Could be a contender for earliest hottest day of the year even (although I'm sure we'll probably hit mid-upper 90s again at some point)


    Also, it's kinda silly how when there's high cirrus clouds, it's just classified as overcast and the NWS page has an icon showing thick cloud cover.

  2. 40 minutes ago, WxSynopsisDavid said:

    Concerning cloud cover, that’s not entirely true. Some of our biggest days (8/6/93 and 2/24/16) featured cloud cover extensively across the region during early half of the day. Regardless, this threat is driven by a warm front lifting to I64, surface low in OH, and a secondary surface low trying to develop back in western NC. Classic, textbook setup that has produced some of the regions biggest days for severe weather. Though I will say some soundings suggest zero capping inversion which could be a limiting factor as that would suggest a mixed/messy convective mode.

    You see the wedge eroding on visible. Pretty neat with mid level clouds moving west to east and low level clouds/fog moving south to north

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  3. Fairly strongly worded disco for a d2 slight risk from SPC. Just depends on capping will allow development while instability is higher.

       Low 60s dewpoints will likely be in place across much of NC early
       Friday morning, with higher values near the coast. This moist air
       mass is forecast advect northward throughout the day amid the
       southerly low-level flow ahead of the approaching outflow, with the
       northern extent of this better moisture acting as an effective warm
       front. Isolated thunderstorm development along this warm front is
       possible, where wind profiles support supercells. Damaging wind
       gusts and a tornado or two are possible with these storms if
       updrafts can mature.
       After this initial isolated threat, more widespread thunderstorm
       development is possible as the outflow moves into the region amid
       mid 60s dewpoints and moderate buoyancy. Damaging wind gusts within
       any more organized bowing segments are the primary severe risk.
  4. 29 minutes ago, NorthHillsWx said:

    One of the wildest tornado videos in history was that Myrtle Beach tornado that developed along a sea breeze front and roared directly down the beach in front of the high rises for miles. I think that was EF-2. Coastal fronts 9 times out of 10 wreck havoc on storms as they approach the beach and almost always cause them to be undercut and become outflow dominant. However, violent tornadoes and outbreaks like yesterday are exceptionally rare and the setup for discrete super cells like we saw yesterday out in the clear rarely materializes in that area. Really was likely a historic day yesterday but thank the lord it hit some of the least populated areas in the southeast. A really really close call with Columbia as well. 

    I would imagine there are quite a few similarities to a typical Carolina Alley outbreak, just further south.

  5. 19 minutes ago, nwohweather said:

    Not violent, it's pretty difficult. From Mothers Day to Labor Day we really take on a fully tropical climate which lacks the wind aloft in sea breeze thunderstorms to put down anything. Also most stronger lows do not affect us as they go poleward as deepening occurs out of OK/TX in the winter and stay to the west of the Apps. It's certainly rare to see things line up, but when it does you have ample moisture to bring those LCL's down like yesterday

    I was able to find two cases:


    Georgia: https://www.weather.gov/chs/TornadoOutbreak-May2008

    There's a possible third in Tampa but I can't seem to find any info on it (I'm not counting the 1966 long tracker as F4 damage for that one was more inland).


    There are others that are more inland (one West of New Orleans) but I decided to research only truly coastal locations.

  6. 5 minutes ago, nwohweather said:

    Heck of a day down here and really we lucked out. Due to the water table (whole place is a swamp) basements are not something common at all in this region. Thank God this didn't head to around Charleston, you have a metro area the size of Dayton with absolutely no basements. Really a worst case scenario for violent tornadoes

    Is there any kind of precedent for violent tornadoes in coastal cities? I feel like they are extremely rare (the recent New Orleans tornado nearly meeting the criteria).

  7. I've experienced more wimpy tropical storm warnings than what we've been seeing this morning (wind gust to 40 at GSO). Won't take much convection to mix 50-60 mph gusts to the surface. I'm not anticipating 60 +, but could be fun (although these high shear low CAPE squall lines always seem to be underwhelming)

  8. 13 minutes ago, Eskimo Joe said:

    Looks like some gravity waves evident in east Mississippi ahead of the line? Might be an indication the atmosphere is primed for a decent tornadic event. Also surprised at the lack of posts for a D1 MOD. Is this not a popular subforum?

    More discussion on the Central/Western Sub-forum. It's kinda awkwardly  between subs, especially with not many posters in AL/MS

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  9. This one must have taken some extra time to write

    A northern-stream and southern-stream shortwave will phase over the
    MS Valley on Friday night, with an associated surface cyclone moving
    northeast from the Deep South, deepening to 990-995 mb by the time
    it reaches north-central NC early Saturday morning. Deep southerly
    flow from this system will help draw plenty of low-level moisture
    from the Atlantic, with PW values of 1.25-1.75 inches. Thus bands of
    WAA-induced showers will move in from the south on Friday evening
    and Friday night, when POPs increase to likely and then categorical
    over much of the area. Not expecting any thunder during this period
    given a complete lack of instability with a low-level inversion in
    place. However, this changes in the late overnight hours into early
    Saturday morning, when southerly low-level flow really starts to
    increase as the surface low approaches and deepens. Thus outside of
    the far NW, temperatures and dew points will start to rise through
    the 50s and even lower-to-mid-60s, with MLCAPE reaching as high as
    300-500 J/kg. Meanwhile a squall line associated with a strong cold
    front will be moving through the area around 09z to 15z. While
    instability will not be too impressive due to the time of day and
    widespread precipitation, some damaging winds and isolated tornadoes
    are still possible with the squall line given the very strong
    low/mid level wind fields and rich low-level moisture. The one
    exception is across the Triad region, where the cold front should
    probably arrive early enough to shut off any instability and threat
    of storms. The most favorable location for severe weather is in the
    eastern Sandhills and southern Coastal Plain, which will have the
    longest opportunity for WAA and daytime heating before the cold
    front moves through. This is also where 0-1 km shear and 0-6 km
    shear look to be at least 40-50 kts and 60-80 kts, respectively,
    which is more than enough to support supercells and tornadoes. Thus
    the SPC has introduced an enhanced risk for severe storms in the far
    SE, and has expanded the slight risk to include the US-1 corridor
    and points east. The slower the frontal timing the better the severe
    threat as it would give these areas more time to destabilize. Total
    rainfall of around 0.75-1.25 inches is expected on average across
    central NC. This isn`t enough to cause any significant flooding
    concerns, but some localized urban and poor drainage flooding can`t
    be ruled out.
    Widespread precipitation will come to an end from west to east with
    the passage of the cold front on Saturday morning. However, our
    region will be in a strong pressure gradient between the rapidly-
    deepening 970-980 mb surface cyclone just off the coast New England
    and high pressure building over eastern TX and the lower MS Valley.
    Thus strong NW winds gusting as high as 30-40+ mph are expected
    during the day and into the evening. This will result in
    temperatures initially in the 50s and 60s early Friday morning
    falling into the 30s and 40s through the day. As the mid/upper
    trough swings through on Saturday afternoon, models show potential
    for a few wet snowflakes to fall across the NE Piedmont and
    especially the northern Coastal Plain, as temperatures aloft will be
    falling to well below freezing. However, with surface temperatures
    still above freezing during the afternoon and having been well above
    freezing over the past week, ground temperatures should be too warm
    for any accumulations to take place
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