Daily Archives: 13 April, 2012

Tornado Safety Rules

Mike Smith has posted a list of tornado safety rules on his weather blog, Meteorological Musings. The list combines the recommendations of the National Weather Service and the American Red Cross.

Updated look at Saturday’s tornado threat

AccuWeather Vice President Mike Smith has posted an updated look at Saturday’s severe weather threat.

Unfortunately, the greatest threat appears to be just southwest of Wichita, and any tornadoes that develop will be moving rapidly to the northeast. Be alert to conditions tomorrow, and be prepared to take shelter immediately.

AccuWeather also warns of dangerous tornado outbreak Saturday

AccuWeather has joined the chorus of forecasts for strong, long-track tornadoes in Kansas and Oklahoma on Saturday.

SPC: Tornado outbreak ‘likely’ Saturday between Salina and Oklahoma City

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., has raised the threat level for severe weather Saturday to ‘high’ for portions of Kansas and Oklahoma, with officials predicting “a high-end life-threatening event.”

The ‘high’ zone stretches from Salina to Oklahoma City and includes the Wichita metropolitan area.

Atmospheric conditions “will be very favorable for severe storms and a tornado outbreak will be likely across the southern and central Plains from late Saturday afternoon lasting through the evening and into the overnight period,” an SPC statement warns.

A ‘moderate’ risk zone stretches from Pratt to east of El Dorado and includes portions of southern Iowa and northern Texas.

Make preparations to seek shelter on short notice Saturday afternoon and evening, and monitor weather conditions and updates closely.

AccuWeather Vice President Mike Smith has his own weather blog, and here’s his latest post about Saturday.

The National Weather Service has posted an updated web briefing about the severe weather outlook for tonight and Saturday.

It has also produced a more detailed map of the risk categories for Saturday’s expected outbreak.

Large hail and damaging winds can also be expected from these supercell thunderstorms.