Saturday morning, April 21, 2012
Forecaster: Bill Murray
Friday was an active day for MyWARN users across the Texas Coastal Plain as a cold front triggered a line of strong storms during the late morning and afternoon. There were dozens of watch and warning notifications, right up into the wee hours of the morning as the line slowly diminished as it pushed east into Louisiana and Mississippi.
The big upper trough that powered Friday’s activity is pushing across the northern Gulf of Mexico this morning. An associated surface low will push across the northern Gulf. This will put Central and South Florida in a favorable position for severe weather and flooding today. Flash flood watches were already in effect early Saturday morning. For many folks, the rains are very welcome. For some, there may be flooding problems.
Strong storms will develop around 4 or so over East Texas and will push into Louisiana shortly after that. These storms may become severe, but no risk area is outlooked for them right now. Watch out for a few warnings from extreme East Texas into Louisiana and even Southwest Mississippi during the evening. These storms should quickly run out of steam late tonight over Mississippi.
Strong wind shear will produce a threat for even tornadoes tomorrow in places like Tampa, Orlando, Melbounrne, Fort Myers and Miami. There is a threat of damaging winds as well. Hail shouldn’t be much of a problem.
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