Strong Storms Expected Later Today & Tonight with Weak Cold Front
Friday, 26 June 2015 13:40
A weak cold front currently located across the southern Texas Panhandle east into southern Oklahoma will continue to slowly move south this afternoon. Winds north of the boundary are out of the north with only a minor temperature drop. This boundary will become a focal point for scattered thunderstorm development this afternoon.
There is a marginal to slight risk of severe thunderstorms this afternoon with storms that fire up on that boundary. They’ll also make progress south. The strongest storms will be capable of producing 1.00-1.25″ diameter hail along with wind gusts up to 70 MPH. Frequent cloud to ground lightning and locally heavy rain are always threats with summer storms. The threat for severe weather will lower late this evening as storms push closer to Interstate 20.
I believe the Texas Tech WRF has a good handle on what we can expect through late tonight so I’ll share a few simulated radar images. As usual don’t expect things to look exactly like what the weather model shows.
TTU WRF Simulated Radar at 7 PM CT
TTU WRF Simulated Radar at 10 PM CT
TTU WRF Simulated Radar at 1 AM CT Saturday
TTU WRF Simulated Radar at 4 AM CT Saturday
October 5/6, 2014 Storm Photography
Monday, 06 October 2014 20:34
Strong thunderstorms unexpectedly formed along a southward moving outflow boundary in Central Oklahoma late last night and continued into this morning. I ended up photographing four separate rounds of storms over the course of several hours. The first photo shows a strong multi-cellular thunderstorm taken on a high hill west of Norman, Oklahoma.
Strong thunderstorm west of Norman, OK late on October 5, 2014. This photo is owned by Paige Burress with all rights reserved.
This second photograph was taken on a parking garage on the University of Oklahoma’s campus in Norman, OK sometime after 2 AM. It goes without saying these thunderstorms were very electrical in nature. Considering storms were not in the forecast at all this is easily one of the best photography events of the year for me.
Lightning from the University of Oklahoma’s campus early on October 6, 2014. This photo is owned by Paige Burress with all rights reserved.