As we continue to watch a strong storm system that has evolved as it moves across the United States, it has become very evident that this is a high risk day for strong and violent tornadoes and destructive winds. Environmental conditions are more than favorable to support the rapid development of supercells capable of producing strong tornadoes, some of which could be long-track.
With the current and anticipated environmental conditions, thunderstorm development is going to be quick, and with the high amount of shear that is in place, storms will quickly begin to rotate. Let me be clear that this is an extremely dangerous situation, and this event will be taking place across a highly populated area.
The Storm Prediction Center has issued a high risk for tornadoes and damaging winds for parts of Illinois, Indiana, western Ohio, and southern Michigan. Surrounding the high risk is a moderate risk, which includes eastern Missouri, a large portion of Kentucky extending into the lower Great Lakes region. All of the areas mentioned need to monitor this situation extremely closely.
Several large tornadoes have already been reported in Illinois, and tornado emergencies have been issued for several of these tornadic storms. We will continue to keep you updated on this life-threatening situation, and please follow us on Facebook for updates throughout the day!
Matthew founded Firsthand Weather in July 2010. He attends the University of Oklahoma and is expected to graduate in May 2017 with a B.S. in Meteorology and a B.S. in Geographic Information Science along with a minor in Mathematics. While Matthew regularly provides short-range weather forecasts for his audience through a weekly newsletter and daily posts on social media, his specialty is in long-range and seasonal forecasting, and he utilizes his own research coupled with the latest peer-reviewed research to come up with the most accurate forecasts possible. Matthew’s latest research at the university level has involved determining Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) performance in the tropics, a region that has a much lower density of rain gauges to take accurate rainfall measurements. Matthew has completed coursework in dynamics, thermodynamics, cloud physics, calculus and differential equations, statistics, remote sensing, GIS, synoptic meteorology, and mesoscale meteorology. His goal is to provide his audience with a deeper understanding of what drives our weather and climate, while making it easy and enjoyable to learn.