For today's forecast, we'll ride mainly on the coat tails of the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) watching for near severe or actual Severe Storms with a tornado potential nearly state wide, but highest across West Central Florida late today and/or tonight. As can be seen above, there is three meteorological foci of interest to be monitoring from late afternoon through tomorrow afternoon.
The first one (which by now should not exist per some models) appears to be approaching NW Florida and will likely stay north of I-4 this evening; however, any further growth southward could breakout a threat with it into much of Central Florida toward dark. Virtually every model shows that convective inhibition will over-take much of Central (however), with much of the remaining activity shearing out after dark (dying off). If this is the case, zero severe weather will occur, if even rain for that matter.
|Latest radar trend shows dying storms. These 'could' rejuvenate as they cross the state|
but no model shows this to be the case
Based on the strong wind fields (Especially heading into Friday across the South half of the state, as well as cold air aloft accompanied by sufficient low level instability, it would be a bit presumptuous to rely on model guidance in regard to precipitation fields, especially if this system mimics that of yesterday which presumably was to not hit the state at all. In fact, last night at the time storms were being warned as they approached Tampa, none of the main player models even showed that any rain was falling ANYWHERE or was supposed to be....so much for model reliability.
THROUGH FRIDAY: Although Severe Weather certainly looks possible, actually any severe storm will remain isolated ...as opposed to a squall line type 'event'. Another disturbance associated with a cold front itself is forecast to enter Central Florida from the north by early afternoon (if not sooner) on Friday. Timing of this feature is not at all pegged down, thus as a precautionary measure it is best to raise the level of awareness that should the feature be delayed into early afternoon, strong storms will again be possible along and south of SR 528 toward Tampa Bay after 10AM Friday and southward as the day progresses.
LASTLY: I will again stress the models show virtually close to Nil Severe weather potential except perhaps later today north of I-4. Thus, best to stay attuned to later develops as a tornado potential cannot be ruled out either. We can see how this is depicted by the SPC based in Norman, Oklahoma.
SATURDAY: Stronger ENE-NE winds still anticipated with some cloudy skies mainly near the East Coast. This front has now sped up in timing by about 6 hours from yesterday's post. Either way, at some point between Friday night to early Saturday morning breezy and non-beachy weather anticipated with cooler temperatures in the 70Fs.
EASTER: Winds will be letting up before Sunset Saturday evening, and in the 10-18mph range from the east on Easter Morning with scattered clouds, and 'possibly mostly cloudy' near the coast from the Cape and South to Miami.