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Friday, August 25, 2023

SPC Aug 25, 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 Fri Aug 25 2023 Valid 251630Z - 261200Z ...THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS FROM CENTRAL IL INTO SOUTHWEST IN... ...SUMMARY... Isolated to scattered thunderstorms associated with strong wind gusts and marginally severe hail are possible this afternoon and evening from Kansas to Virginia and across Upper Michigan, with the somewhat greater threat focused from central Illinois into southwest Indiana. ...IL/IN this afternoon/evening... An outflow-reinforced front extends from WV/southern OH to central IL, while a second outflow surge is moving southeastward into northern MO and west central IL. The merger zone of these two boundaries appears to be the more probable area for thunderstorm development this afternoon into IL, along the north gradient of the 78-80 F boundary-layer dewpoints. Modified 12z soundings and short-term model forecasts suggest that MLCAPE could exceed 4000 J/kg with weakening convective inhibition, while steep midlevel lapse rates will also result in large DCAPE (> 1200 J/kg). With most of the vertical shear (25-30 kt magnitudes) concentrated in the lowest 3 km, the primary convective mode is expected to be multicell clusters and perhaps a relatively short-lived supercell or two capable of producing damaging outflow winds. ...Eastern KY to VA through this evening... The remnants of overnight convection persist from WV into eastern KY. The warmest surface temperatures and higher dewpoints to the west across KY suggest that the preferred development of new storms will also be toward the west and southwest this afternoon, where isolated strong downburst winds will be possible. Farther east into VA, somewhat lesser boundary-layer moisture (mixed mainly into the mid-upper 60s) and lesser midlevel lapse rates will support weaker buoyancy (MLCAPE in the 1500-2000 J/kg range) compared to KY/southern OH. Despite the early passage of the convectively-enhanced midlevel trough, 25-30 kt midlevel flow will linger over VA/MD this afternoon. Thunderstorm development will be possible this afternoon along a weak lee trough, as well as any persistent differential heating zones (mainly across southwest VA) and along a cold front moving southeastward from PA. The overall threat for damaging winds with downbursts still appears to be best categorized as MRGL, so will maintain the 5% wind probabilities. ...Northeast MN into Upper MI this afternoon/evening... A pronounced midlevel shortwave trough is moving east-southeastward over the MN Arrowhead/Lake Superior. A narrow zone of destabilization coincident with a band of ascent will support at least widely thunderstorms through the afternoon. Though buoyancy will be modest (MLCAPE of 500-1000 J/kg), long hodographs will support organized/supercell storms capable of producing isolated wind damage and marginally severe hail. ...Eastern CO to KS/NE border this afternoon/evening... As the surface warms with daytime heating, high-based thunderstorm development is expected along a slow-moving front in KS and in a zone of low-level upslope flow in CO by mid-late afternoon. Vertical shear will be relatively weak, but deep inverted-V profiles with large DCAPE will support the potential for strong to isolated severe outflow gusts this afternoon into this evening. ..Thompson/Smith.. 08/25/2023 Read more CHECK UPDATE ZOOM GRAPHIC
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