Friday, June 5, 2020

Good Storm Chasing Weather?

Being a severe-weather aficionado in Utah is a bit like being a powder skier in Oklahoma.  The pickings are slim. 

However, unlike powder skiing in Oklahoma, which is essentially non-existent, there are a few days a year where something exciting might happen around here. 

The Storm Prediction Center puts parts of Utah in the marginal severe thunderstorm risk category over the next two forecast periods. 

A severe thunderstorm is one with wind gusts of 58 mph, hail at least an inch in diameter, and/or a tornado.  Marginal risk means that the storms could be spotty and limited in duration and/or intensity.  However, this is Utah and marginal is about the highest you see.

The SPC convective outlook discussion highlights that increasing moisture, strengthening wind shear, and other environmental characteristics should be favorable for isolated strong storms, potentially with strong winds and hail.  The NWS Forecast office in Salt Lake City has also issued a flash-flood watch for portions of central and eastern Utah. 

While I mentioned the storm chasing potential, the reality is that severe weather is hazardous weather.  Be careful out there and monitor forecasts, watches, and warnings.

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