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  1. Not necessarily pertinent to this subforum, but this storm over northern West Virginia looks pretty vicious right now. It is not that often that you see a storm like this over this region:
  2. West Bend and Port Washington, WI are now under a severe thunderstorm warning. Surface-based activity could be possible I guess, given the proximity of the warm front and plentiful SBCAPE, but it won't be too much longer before this storm goes over Lake Michigan (and becomes elevated as a result). West Bend, WI seems to be reporting 73 degrees as well. Port Washington is at 54 degrees, so the storm will have to become elevated just before it reaches the lakeshore I guess; there may be a lake-breeze boundary near I-43 around Grafton given temperature differentials there. Further south, the warm air is reaching all the way to the lakeshore. EDIT: I'm also watching that hook near Jackson, WI as well. It does not look to be anything too concerning at the moment (it seems to be broad/weak rotation). EDIT 2: another severe thunderstorm warning has gone up in southeastern Ohio as well, with a storm approaching the I-77 corridor.
  3. And so it looks like things are starting to ramp up. Shouldn't be too long before it goes severe at this rate. Temperatures just to the south are in the mid-70s, although the prior poster said storms are just north of the warm front.
  4. SPC has now introduced a 5% tornado risk in the vicinity of the tri-point of MI/IN/OH. 15% hatched hail risk now extends northwest to Chicago, although areas further south (like Cincinnati and Indianapolis) have been removed from the hatched risk.
  5. Completely agreed, those surface winds are pretty weak so even getting a brief spin-up is going to be hard, and any such thing would have to be confined to the boundary itself given that LCL heights are pretty high just to the SW and temps are pretty cool just to the NE. The main action will likely be with any activity that forms further northwest later on, particularly in northern IN and southern lower MI (and maybe northern IL though SPC has backed off on that; likely NW OH too).
  6. The boundary I mentioned in my prior post is quite evident on the 10z HRRR, extending from near Columbus OH to near Clarksburg WV. The HRRR shows convective initiation in central OH (NW of Columbus) around this same time. The model shows backed winds along this boundary (in some areas they are coming out of the south, although other models back the winds less). There could be a window for a tornado or two if this verifies, provided convective initiation occurs and remains discrete (10z HRRR shows a few likely supercells in SE OH shortly after this), although T/Td spreads are quite large on the SW side of the boundary.
  7. Several of the CAMs have been consistently sending up isolated storms (some of which seem to grow into supercells) in the wake of the morning convection over central and southern Ohio in the afternoon hours. The 06z NAM3K has also moved closer to the HRRR and seems to initiate a supercell in southeastern Ohio. Although not a CAM, the RAP has also consistently suggested "popcorn" precipitation (possible storm cells?) developing in Ohio at the same general time. I am wondering if all of those models think that the morning convection will leave some sort of boundary behind? While parameters seem better further northwest, the storms there seem to develop more readily into clusters, so if this verifies, portions of Ohio could become a focal point for significant hail and *possible* tornadic activity (the direction of the surface winds near this boundary will be a factor, if they are coming out of the SW rather than the W then isolated tornadoes could be an issue). The HRRR suggests that the timeframe for this isolated convection to form would be around 18z near the Columbus area, and it is definitely conditional on the amount of subsidence and capping that is in place in the wake of the morning convection. I do think that northern IN/OH and southern lower MI may be biggest risk areas for severe storms, although a diagonal strip from southern WI all the way the Delmarva will need to be watched.
  8. Yikes, the 21z RAP is putting out high EHI values (and PDS TOR forecast soundings) near Chicago, and then over into northern IN and SW MI, with some precipitation in the area. Probably overdone, but maybe that risk area does need to be shifted NW a little bit, considering that several models are putting northern Illinois in an area of severe storm risk?
  9. Another point of note: observations of dew points in most of northern Ohio are in the mid-to-upper 20s right now (although dewpoints are about 50 down by Cincinnati). Today's 12z and 18z HRRR runs show northern Ohio to be a possible area for (potential?) surface-based convection tomorrow afternoon, and I am having trouble believing this scenario given how dry the surface airmass currently is. That said, SPC has said this would be an area of subsidence following the morning convection. 18z NAM3K puts 60s dewpoints in place across all of Illinois, Indiana, and most of Ohio (except the NE corner). Both 18z NAM3K and NAM runs would be more favorable for isolated tornadoes given lesser T/Td spreads relative to HRRR runs (although HRRR does show more convective activity, it also shows more mixing and thus larger T/Td spreads).
  10. With the COVID-19 pandemic and all, getting a major tornado outbreak (or just one major tornado striking a populated area) would be horrific, especially once you consider the need for hospital beds for both the injured and COVID-19 patients. It would be much more manageable if the tornadoes stuck to rural areas, but that is never a guarantee; just look at what happened back in 2011. Something like the 2011 Joplin tornado (which destroyed a hospital), if it occurred today, would be a lot worse given the current pandemic. A quiet pattern is a much needed reprieve right now, and hopefully we don't have to worry too much about severe thunderstorms and tornadoes until COVID-19 quiets down somewhat. But you never know, especially considering that we are now in the most active time of year for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes (April/May/June).
  11. 12z HRRR lends some credibility to ILN's discussion from yesterday, as it depicts the initiation of scattered cells in NW Ohio around 18z (with motions to the SE), and some of this activity could move across the northern part of ILN's area of responsibility (Dayton and Columbus areas mainly). If taken verbatim the risk would be higher in Columbus (storms in metro area) than Dayton, but you should never take a model run verbatim. South of I-70 the 12z HRRR seems to depict greater mixing with larger T/Td spreads (upper 70s/lower 80s with mid-to-upper 50s dewpoints). Along and north of I-70 the T/Td spreads (lower 70s with lower-to-mid 60s dewpoints) suggest isolated tornadoes are a possibility with any supercells given lower LCLs and sufficient EHI. As with respect to other models, 12z NAM3k and NAM still struggle to initiate storms, however. 12z HRW WRF-ARW shows cellular activity in NE OH (lower dewpoints however); 12z HRW NMMB has higher dewpoints and cellular activity in N/NE OH (and ramps things up a little in the MO/IL border region later on, though highest EHI values depicted are in OH); 12z HRW WRF-NSSL tries to send up cells in E OH but they struggle to get strong. The new Day 2 SPC convective outlook seems to think that morning convection in Ohio will cause subsidence in its wake, which may cast doubt on cellular storms in the Ohio vicinity starting around 18z as depicted by the HRRR. The Slight risk now extends from the Ohio Valley to the Southeast (Carolinas) and Mid-Atlantic (VA) coast. There is also a broad 2% tornado risk shaded across this area (although it would not surprise me to see upgrades in a few areas, especially if that early-afternoon cellular storm mode in OH verifies, and maybe further west in IL/IN too, since some of the models show higher parameters over there too).
  12. This isn't my subforum, but I was wondering some things about the severe potential for Tuesday 4/7. The NAM3k runs (12z and 06z) seem to be ramping up parameters for tornadoes in the eastern parts of the Day 3 Slight risk area (Ohio in particular), although they are not initiating convection. Plain NAM (12z run) may be trying to pop something in central Ohio with some good CAPE/helicity overlap; I'm taking this with a grain of salt though. I know tornadoes are less likely in northwest-flow regimes even with favorable parameters, but seeing relatively-high 0-3 km EHI values on model runs (GFS shows somewhat-elevated EHI slightly further west too) does catch my eye. I would post the imagery but my Internet connection has been painfully slow with the COVID-19 situation and all. I also recall back on March 28th, models (NAM-based, RAP, and HRRR mainly) were showing elevated EHI near the OH/PA/WV border region, and some of that verified with severe thunderstorm reports (and a tornado warning) around Pittsburgh that day, well east of what was expected to be the "main" outbreak in IA/IL (which as we know largely busted). I was wondering if this might be a similar situation where much of the main action occurs further west, but with a few storms possibly going severe further east.
  13. Turns out today will be defined by a southward-surging cold front and then chilly temperatures. Temperatures around Oklahoma City and north-northwestwards are below freezing this morning (and there is even some elevated instability above that cold layer too). Except for southern Texas, forget any potential for severe, aside from perhaps elevated hail producers in some areas of central Texas. Later on, there may possibly be some cells initiating near the Serranias del Burro of northern Mexico and then moving into southern Texas. Should be a quick chilly spell this weekend before warm and humid air begins to surge northwards on Sunday and (especially) Monday. Enjoy it if you like cold weather as this could easily be the last time we see temperatures like these until next fall.
  14. I am starting to wonder about this rainy pattern currently present across the north-central Texas region. With all this moisture in place, and with the region being within an active pattern for precipitation, sooner or later I would not be surprised to see a major severe weather event unfold (I'm not saying that will happen, though). At the moment cool temperatures are dominant, but next week looks as if conditions could get quite warm and humid, possibly setting the stage for severe weather. Additionally, late this week, SPC discussion suggests the possibility of some severe weather in TX on Friday (4/3). Longer-range models (GFS and Euro) suggest that there could be a storm system early next week, with possibly another system around the middle of next week. While less pertinent to this region, the early-week system may also get pretty strong as it moves up towards the Great Lakes at mid-week (if GFS/Euro are correct, especially GFS, and that might mean severe storms in the IA/IL region that was largely spared from having a tornado outbreak last week).