, to clarify the terminology, a Tornado Warning is issued when a particular storm is imminent to, or currently producing, a tornado. As such, these warnings are generally issued locally and assigned particular counties. While we can expect several today across the midwest, the larger area of concern is either issued a "Watch" and/or "Potentially Dangerous Situation" alert.
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WOUS40 KWNS 141625
PUBLIC SEVERE WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1125 AM CDT SAT APR 14 2012
...A SIGNIFICANT OUTBREAK OF STRONG TO VIOLENT TORNADOES IS EXPECTED
OVER PARTS OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PLAINS THIS AFTERNOON AND
THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN NORMAN OK IS FORECASTING THE
DEVELOPMENT OF SEVERAL STRONG TO VIOLENT...LONG-TRACK TORNADOES OVER
PARTS OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PLAINS THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT.
THE AREAS MOST LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE THIS ACTIVITY INCLUDE
CENTRAL AND EASTERN KANSAS
CENTRAL AND EASTERN NEBRASKA
CENTRAL AND NORTH CENTRAL OKLAHOMA
ELSEWHERE...SEVERE STORMS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE FROM...NORTH TEXAS TO
IOWA AND SOUTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA/SOUTHERN MINNESOTA.
A WARM AND HUMID AIR MASS WILL EXPAND NORTHWARD FROM OKLAHOMA TO
KANSAS AND NEBRASKA TODAY AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN ADVANCE OF A POTENT STORM SYSTEM.
MULTIPLE ROUNDS OF DANGEROUS SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO
IMPACT THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PLAINS THIS AFTERNOON AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">INTO TONIGHT.
THUNDERSTORMS...OVER PARTS OF WESTERN KANSAS AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">INTO NEBRASKA LATE THIS
MORNING...ARE EXPECTED TO INTENSIFY THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON AS THEY
MOVE NORTHEASTWARD/EASTWARD. ADDITIONAL INTENSE STORMS ARE EXPECTED
TO DEVELOP NEAR A SURFACE LOW AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN CENTRAL NEBRASKA THIS
AFTERNOON...AND SOUTHWARD ALONG THE WEST EDGE OF THE HUMID AIR MASS
AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">INTO CENTRAL KANSAS AND WESTERN/CENTRAL OKLAHOMA. STRONG WINDS
THROUGHOUT THE ATMOSPHERE WILL BE VERY FAVORABLE FOR POWERFUL
SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING STRONG TO VIOLENT
TORNADOES...AS WELL AS VERY LARGE HAIL OVER LONG PATHS FROM THIS
AFTERNOON UNTIL AT LEAST MIDNIGHT. FAST-MOVING TORNADOES CONTINUING
AFTER DARK WILL HEIGHTEN THE RISK TO LIFE AND PROPERTY. SOME OF THE
LARGER CITIES THAT MAY BE AFFECTED INCLUDE OMAHA AND LINCOLN
NEBRASKA...TOPEKA AND WICHITA KANSAS...AS WELL AS OKLAHOMA CITY AND
STATE AND LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGERS ARE MONITORING THIS POTENTIALLY
VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. THOSE AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN THE THREATENED AREA ARE URGED TO
REVIEW SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY RULES AND TO LISTEN TO
RADIO...TELEVISION...AND NOAA WEATHER RADIO FOR POSSIBLE
WATCHES...WARNINGS...AND STATEMENTS LATER TODAY.
These "high risk" notifications are notably quite rare
, and rarer still when they are issued so far out in advance.
This is a dangerous day for the area, and the forecasted conditions will likely wreak havoc not only to civil aviation disruption, but also to the normal existence of people in these communities.
Keep your fingers crossed,
I plan on living forever. So far, so good...