PM Update: Showers into the evening
Warmer tomorrow, cooler Thurs; Rain chances remain
Temperatures have been stuck in the 50s all day thanks to the clouds and showers moving through. When considering some snow has been falling in places as close as Pennsylvania, it could be worse! The good news, since it has been a little dry lately, is that some beneficial rain is falling. It also looks like at least a little more is in the offing before we start to kick this gloomier pattern by week's end.
Through Tonight: Scattered to isolated showers -- or a bit of drizzle -- remain possible through the night, with steadier activity likely focused north of the metro area. Fog may also form in spots by morning. Temperatures that hover in the low-to-mid 50s probably begin rising prior to sunrise as winds from the south kick in behind a warm front.
Tomorrow (Wednesday): Warmer air makes temporary inroads with highs shooting for the mid-and-upper 70s. But we'll still see plenty of clouds -- a mostly cloudy morning trends toward a partly sunny midday, before more clouds try to bubble up as the afternoon progresses -- with a risk of showers and storms primarily from mid-afternoon into evening. While shower/storm coverage may be isolated to scattered at best, any that do form could bring heavy squalls and hail.
Tornado outbreak: A preliminary count of 38 tornadoes touched down yesterday, primarily in Oklahoma but also in Kansas. Some places also saw extremely large hail. The terrain (part urban, and part wooded) was not ideal for the VORTEX2 storm chasers, but they did catch up with one of the larger storms and likely obtained some good data. An interesting side-story to the severe outbreak is that it occurred 14 years to the day after the release of the movie Twister, and a multiple-vortex tornado was captured on video in Wakita, an Oklahoma town heavily featured in the film. See a briefing on the outbreak prepared by NWS Tulsa, Ok.
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