Garrett’s Blog: Severe Weather Risk Increasing

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The Spring severe weather season has been off to a slow start with the safest start to tornado season in 100 years.

Thankfully, no fatalities have been reported and the overall risk from tornadoes has been confined to isolated areas or brief spinups.

The weather pattern over the weekend will take on a more classic spring pattern that favors severe weather and rotating thunderstorms as well as tornadoes.

This will especially be true in Oklahoma before the threat advances east into the weekend. Image 90

This image shows the jet stream winds with a large trough and low pressure developing east of the Rockies. The added shear from the upper level wind will enhance tornado potential in the afternoon and evening on both Saturday and Sunday.

On both days, the worst of the severe weather may be just to our immediate west, but any storms that develop along the dryline in Oklahoma will be capable of moving east into Arkansas late in the day on Saturday and Sunday.

-Garrett

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