Saturday, July 4, 2009

Mother Nature's Fireworks

Mother Nature could be bringing her own fireworks for the 4th of July. For some, (me) that might not be bad as there isn't a firework show in downtown Cape Girardeau this year. (I always end up working the 4th of July and usually just go in to the station parking lot to watch the fireworks before Heartland News at 10pm.)

The Storm Prediction Center has all of southeast Missouri, southeast Illinois, western Kentucky, northwest Tennessee, northeast Arkansas, and southwest Indiana in a "Slight Risk" for seeing severe weather.

The below outlook is valid through 7am Sunday.

A warm front will begin to lift northeast through the area later this morning. As it does so, there could be a few isolated strong to severe thunderstorms develop along and ahead of the front. If a strong thunderstorm can develop, it could become a supercell thunderstorm which would be capable of producing large hail. Also, an isolated tornado can't be ruled out along the warm front.

Later today/this evening we will see a cold front pass through the region. Along and head of the front, we expect to see a line of storms develop. The main threat with the line of storms will be damaging winds. Storms are estimated to move east at 30 mph.

Below is a look at the probabilistic damaging winds forecast.

If you are heading out to the lake, to go camping, a picnic, or plan on attending a fireworks display tonight you might want to check the forecast before you go.

Also a reminder... You can access Digital Doppler on your cell phone by going to (If you have a full web browser on your phone (iPhone, etc) go to

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