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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February 29, 2012, Severe Weather Outbreak

On the weather map today, a Cold Front stationed in Iowa is spinning off clusters of severe thunderstorms that have had numerous reports of damage from straight-line winds, tornadoes, and large hail. Today, the forecasts and current atmospheric conditions are indicative of a large scale severe thunderstorm outbreak over the Southeast and Upper Midwest today and tonight. The main threats from this storm system are tornadoes, torrential rainfall, damaging straight-line winds, and large hail. Here are the current risks for severe weather:

Northern Mississippi, Northern Alabama, Southern Tennessee, South Central Kentucky, extreme Western North Carolina, extreme Southwestern Virginia, and Northern Georgia have a moderate risk of seeing severe weather, including violent, long-track tornadoes. If they update the risks again, I'll wager they'll place West Central North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, Southern West Virginia, and East Central Kentucky under a moderate risk. I suggest you stay in a place of sturdy shelter all day today and keep tabs on this ongoing severe weather outbreak in the south. It's worth noting that Dr. Greg Forbes' "Tor:Con" index gives the East Central Kentucky and Tennessee areas a 6/10 chance of seeing tornadoes today and tonight. Take this post with what you will.

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