There were some very impressive showers and thunderstorms yesterday afternoon. Once again, quite a few of the storms were on the strong to severe side with gusty winds, torrential rain and some unusually large hail for this area. We had pictures sent in to us from some of our weather watchers of hail at least 1-2” in diameter. Hail that large can certainly do significant damage to vehicles, roofs, people, or animals caught out in it. There were a couple of flood headlines due to the heavy rain and that will be possible for us once again. In fact, the flooding concerns will continue to ramp up as more rain is expected each day over the weekend due to the stagnant atmospheric set up we’ve got in place. Similar to the last two days the showers and storms will be scattered and not an all day, all over, steady rain but flash flooding will be a concern where heavy rain falls repeatedly over the same areas. Now the SPC had kept us out of the severe weather outlook yesterday but clearly we saw quite a few severe warnings and alerts. Today they have again kept us out of the severe outlook for the day as no organized severe threat will exist but that doesn’t mean that an isolated storm here or there couldn’t jump up to strong to severe levels. The chances for today should be lesser due to the clouds lingering throughout the day and keeping the temperatures quite a bit cooler than we were yesterday which means less energy for the storms to work with. Still, be on the lookout for strong to damaging wind gusts, large hail, and possible areas of localized flash flooding associated with storms moving through today.
It’s still that time of year that I need to remind folks to please, NEVER leave your kids or pets in the car. The interior of your car will heat up extremely quickly and reach dangerous, if not deadly, levels in a very short period of time. If you want to take the dog for a car ride than make it a dedicated ride for them, don’t stop for groceries or to pick something up. It only takes a few minutes for the temperature in your vehicle to reach those dangerous levels. If you have a small child be sure you double check the back seat when you get out.
Meteorologist Jason Caterina
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