Our first taste of spring thunderstorm activity will be here Tuesday evening and again Wednesday evening. This will not be anything major, but there will be a threat for wind and hail. As always, you can never rule out an isolated tornado this time of year, but that threat is very much on the low end.
The Storm Prediction Center recently started adding categories to describe the threat for severe thunderstorms and it's something I strongly disagree with. It goes back to the old rule, "less is more". At KATV, we will continue to use the the old threat scale: slight, moderate, and high. They have added marginal and enhanced. In my opinion, it's great for those who are weather geeks like me, but in terms of a public forecast, it just adds more confusion. If you feel differently, let me know in the poll to the right. Keep the old categorical scale or use the new categorical scale?
Here is their new scale...
|More information on this categorical outlook: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/exper/dy1-3example/|
Here is one we'll be using....
The following model maps are courtesy of WeatherBell Analytics
|HiRes simulated radar shows the storms at around 9PM Tuesday.|
|Storms decrease later in the evening.|
|The Storm Prediction Center has placed NW Arkansas under a "slight risk" for severe weather late Tuesday.|
|The next wave of low pressure moves along the front late Wednesday. This will finally shove the front towards the south as it leaves and this will introduce much colder air.|
|Slight risk late Wednesday|