Monday, March 14, 2016

Spring Storms Make an Appearance

An Enhanced Risk for severe weather was outlined by the Storm Prediction Center Sunday, March 13, 2016. All types of severe weather would possible across Arkansas, eastern Oklahoma, western Tennessee, and northern parts of Louisiana and Mississippi including damaging winds, large hail, and tornadoes. Three Tornado Watches were issued through out the day stretching from eastern Oklahoma to points to the east of Memphis, Tennessee. Confirmed tornadoes and radar-indicated rotation prompted Tornado Warnings across a large part of Arkansas and even one for downtown Memphis! Ping Pong ball size hail was also falling from the skies at one point. There were confirmed tornadoes and the National Weather Service will conduct surveys today to determine ratings. Tuesday, the day voters in Illinois will be headed for the poles, the Storm Prediction Center has placed roughly the northern 2/3 of the state under a Slight Risk for severe weather. Damaging winds look to be the primary threat, but large hail and tornadoes will also be possible. Newsrooms will be busy enough with election results, but add in a couple of severe storms and all of the local television stations in Illinois will be scrambling to keep viewers updated with the latest information. Will Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton's election results dominate the bottom of the screen or will radars and crawls, warning of severe weather, hit the air waves? Now that March is almost halfway through, it looks like Mother Nature is starting to through tornadoes and severe weather into the picture across the country.

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