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"From its chamber comes the whirlwind, and cold from the scattering winds." - Job 37:9.

"The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course".

Monday, May 10, 2010

Big Storms in the Plains Today and Tonight!!

All eyes will be on the sky today across the east half of Kansas and Oklahoma into Arkansas and Missouri as we work into the post-sunset hours as a very fast moving and developing storm system impinges into that region during the course of the next 12-24 hours. Directional wind shear/helicity values at the low levels will be off the charts. Any limited instability due to cloud cover in this region will be overcome as we work into the late afternoon/early evening hours.

A dry line will extend from North Central Kansas well into Texas where more isolated storms will be possible. In fact, as we work into late afternoon a variety of upper level winds screaming at 50+ kts will abet the dryline to punch across the OK/KS border which will give rapid rise to supercell thunderstorm structures and the development of long tracked, strong tornadoes if all pans out as currently depicted. Meanwhile, closer to home in East Central Florida:

TODAY: Can't say the same for the weather here. In fact, it will be benign in the most unruly of fashion...we are out of control with pleasant weather for the day. In fact, for the week!
Expect the sky to be clear with a good east breeze of the ocean and very mild but typical temperatures for this time of year in the pre-summer / dry spell environment. Lows in the low 70s and highs in the low 80s along the coast...mid 80s inland.

THROUGH SATURDAY: The only change will be for the wind to become a little more from the ESE-SE by the weekend. One or maybe even two cold fronts will try to penetrate down the state but with no success. It's too late in the year to be getting cold fronts, and mother nature is letting us know that.

VERY EXTENDED: Still no sign of any change in this persistent pattern for the extreme Southeast (namely peninsular Florida) for over 10 days. Fire weather might become an issue as we enter next week...but the wet season will be right around the corner.

Have you noticed how FEW brush fires we've had this year?! I guess we can thank El Nino for that. Might as well inflate the pool float, slap on the sunscreen, focus those sunglasses and enjoy.

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