Stormy Friday in the Southern Plains
The extended forecast suggests a fairly stormy Friday and Saturday across the Southern Plains. Strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible along with locally heavy rain.
As our next storm system blows through the Southern US with strong to severe thunderstorms Friday & Saturday, heavy rainfall will also be possible. The extended forecast suggests 1" to nearly 3" of rain across parts of the region.
2017 PRELIMINARY Tornado Count
According to NOAA's SPC, the PRELIMINARY tornado count for 2017 is at 369 (thru March 19). Note that this is the most (thru March 19th) since 2008 when nearly 500 tornadoes reported through that time frame. The 2005-2015 average through that time period is 175.
Here's a look at high temperatures from average on Tuesday. Note that while temperatures across the Midwest and High Plains look to chill to below average levels, temperatures across the southern US look to be as much as 15F to 20F+ above average! With that said, more record highs will be possible again Tuesday!
Record Warmth Continues...
With temperatures running nearly 20F+ above average across the Southern Plains, record high temperatures may be possible there. Take a look at the image below, which show the potential record highs (circled numbers) that could be set on Tuesday.
By Todd Nelson, filling in for Douglas.I've always been a fan of March weather. Growing up in Minnesota, high school tournament time always meant there was going to be a big wet sloppy snow storm. Note that a fairly large snow event unfolded across the southern part of the state a little more than a week ago, but the Twin Cities got missed by the heaviest once again. Seems par for the course as we are nearly 18 inches below normal snowfall for the season! A persistent storm track to our south has allowed Rochester to pick up almost 53 inches of snow this season, which is nearly 20 inches more than what the Twin Cities has seen. Unreal.
The extended forecast looks active, but the late week storm system will be more of a rain maker with some spots in southern MN seeing up to 1 inch of rain by Friday night. The last week of March may feature yet another storm system, but temperatures look mild enough for rain once again.
I officially put away the snow blower last weekend, so it's inevitable that we'll get dumped on in April, right? I think my NCAA bracket has better odds.
Average: Low: 26F (Record: -8F set in 1965)
*Daylight Gained Since Winter Solstice (December 21st): ~3 hours & 27 minutes
0.6 Days After Last Quarter