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Tuesday, August 29, 2023

SPC Aug 29, 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 1128 AM CDT Tue Aug 29 2023 Valid 291630Z - 301200Z ...THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH TONIGHT ALONG THE WEST COAST OF FL...AND THIS AFTERNOON/EVENING ACROSS PARTS OF THE NORTHERN ROCKIES... ...SUMMARY... A few tornadoes will be possible this afternoon through tonight, mainly from the west central Florida into the Florida Big Bend in the northeast quadrant of strengthening Hurricane Idalia. Occasional damaging wind gusts will be possible across the northern Rockies. ...FL Gulf coast through tonight... Hurricane Idalia is strengthening as of midday over the southeast Gulf of Mexico and is forecast to make landfall Wednesday morning near the FL Big Bend as a major hurricane (please see latest NHC advisories for additional information). Storm motion will be largely parallel to the FL west coast into early tonight, so eastward expansion of the stronger wind field and more favorable low-level hodograph structures will be a gradual process (per the trends in the VWPs from Key West and Tampa). Surface observations show 77-80 F dewpoints across almost all of central/south FL, which will help maintain surface-based buoyancy into this evening and overnight. Thus, the primary increase in supercell/tornado threat is expected late this afternoon into tonight from near Tampa northward along the coast with the more cellular convection within the outer eastern/northeastern bands. ...Northern Rockies this afternoon/evening... A midlevel shortwave trough now over far northern CA and OR will progress east-northeastward toward the northern Rockies by this evening. Though low-level moisture is rather limited, strong surface heating/deep mixing will result in inverted-V profiles with weak buoyancy in advance of the midlevel trough and an associated cold front. Thunderstorm development is expected this afternoon through early tonight in the zone of ascent preceding the midlevel trough (and along the front). The highest confidence in storm development coincident with the steep low-level lapse rates and some enhancement to midlevel flow will be later this afternoon over the Bitterroots, where a few damaging outflow gusts of 60-70 mph will be possible. ..Thompson/Lyons.. 08/29/2023 Read more CHECK UPDATE ZOOM GRAPHIC
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