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Sunday, July 23, 2023

SPC Jul 23, 2023 1630 UTC Day 1 Convective Outlook

LIVE MAP (ABOVE) ... SPC 1630Z Day 1 Outlook Day 1 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1127 AM CDT Sun Jul 23 2023 Valid 231630Z - 241200Z ...THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING OVER PARTS OF NORTHERN SC AND WESTERN NC... ...SUMMARY... Strong to severe storms will be possible this afternoon and evening, at least on an isolated basis, across the Southeast States as well as the northern/central Plains and Ozarks. A few strong wind gusts could also occur in Arizona. ...Carolinas... Mostly sunny skies are present today from much of GA across the Carolinas. Ample low-level moisture will yield afternoon MLCAPE values of 1500-2000 J/kg, along with rather strong mid/upper level winds. 12z CAM solutions show a more robust signal for higher thunderstorm coverage across parts of northern SC into central NC. Therefore have opted to add a SLGT risk for parts of SC/NC for this afternoon and evening. ...FL... A large but relatively disorganized MCS is moving across the northeast Gulf of Mexico into northern FL. Strong heating ahead of this system will lead to occasional intense storms along the leading edge of the combined outflow. Forecast soundings show rather limited deep-layer shear and lapse rates, suggesting that activity will not be very organized or long-lived. However, locally gusty/damaging winds could occur. ...Central/Northern Plains... A large area of moderate/strong instability and fast northwest flow aloft lies across much of the northern and central Plains today. Forecast soundings across the region from the eastern Dakotas into KS/MO show sufficient CAPE/shear for a conditional risk of supercells capable of large hail and damaging wind gusts. However, forcing is weak and confidence in where afternoon convective initiation will occur is low. Therefore will maintain a broad MRGL risk. The strongest signal in 12z models appears to extend from south-central NE across central/eastern KS into west-central MO. This and other corridors will be monitored through the afternoon for a potential upgrade. ...AZ... Easterly flow aloft today will again pose some risk of convection moving off the higher terrain of eastern/northern AZ into higher population areas. Damaging winds would be the main concern. ..Hart/Thornton.. 07/23/2023 Read more CHECK UPDATE ZOOM GRAPHIC
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