As it turns out, as shown by the post title, Severe Weather Day once again lived up to it’s title. With tornadoes and flooding spanning the central United States, April 3 definatly brought some dangerous weather to the area.
As reported by cnn, a ST. Louis suburb awoke to a small ef1 tornado, and most of the central U.S was under a flood watch. Additionally, there has also been snow on the northern portion of this storm system.
Meanwhile, closer to where I live, an aproaching dryline, cold front, and lots of atmospheric instability set the stage for a rather nasty severe weather outbreak for parts of Texas, and I believe Arkansas. As an example of how bad the weather was, Denton county Texas was slammed by 4 rounds of significant storms–containing upto grape fruit sized hail, and at one point a tornado. Also while on the subject of tornadoes, a potentially violent tornado is believed to have wripped through hunt county; and the storm responsible for that tornado has prompted tornado warnings in Delta and Hobkins counties until 9:15, at least that is the last of it I heard.
In the metroplex, however, things are winding down. Thankfully, Dallas county dodged the bullet today… but will we be so lucky next time? With situations such as this one, no one can tell. Because as you guys know, not much severe weather was expected yesterday evening. The forecast changed and expected some severe thunderstorms to develop along the dryline this afternoon, however the tornado watch itself wasn’t issued until 1:50.
This reminds me of April 3 two years ago. Not only did the tornado watch get issued right before storms began forming, but severe weather like tonight’s wasn’t even expected. The dry line is coming threw way later than was previously thought yesterday. In fact, the weather differs so much from yesterday’s forecast, that yesterday the forecast said that there were supposed to be fire weather conditions this afternoon. And yet we’re still under some moist and unstable air, at 9:15?
Well all I have left to say is that if I ever doubted the title of “Severe Weather Day” for April 3, the doubt has vanished. April 3 is still called severe weather day, at least for me. And just as a historical note, the super tornado outbreak occurred on April 3, 1974, when 148 tornadoes spawned over 13 states. And, of course, let’s not forget that good ol’ outbreak of April 3 2012, the one that spawned 17 tornadoes; and though no one died, 30 people were enjured.
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P.S. Though more storms are possible this weekend, none of them are expected to be like the ones this afternoon and evening. And as I learn more about the storms today, I’ll post about it in future blog posts.