Severe Weather Potential for This Afternoon
Good morning, we are monitoring the potential for strong to severe storms this afternoon for much of the state, with a focus for much of central Indiana. We will get to that in a moment, but first, a current look at the radar. We are seeing showers, some moderate to heavy falling across northwest Indiana. Some lighter showers getting ready to move into west-central Indiana, and some new showers trying to pop up and develop between Bloomington and Washington. Temperatures ranging from the mid 50s in northwest Indiana to the lower 70s across southern Indiana.
Now to the actual Convective Outlook. The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of central Indiana under a slight risk of severe storms mainly for the afternoon hours. A marginal risk is in place for much of northern and all of southern Indiana. Some of the cities under the slight risk include Anderson, Muncie, Kokomo, Indianapolis, Noblesville, Westfield, Fishers, Richmond, Greenwood, Lebanon, Zionsville, Pendleton, Marion, Hartford City, Portland, New Castle, Shelbyville, and Greensburg to name a few.
Now to breakdown the timing and what the radar could look like from 11 am this morning to 2 am Tuesday morning. Showers and embedded thunderstorms will likely be ongoing mainly across northwest and moving into north-central Indiana, with some lighter showers possible in western Indiana. As we head into the early afternoon, by 2 pm, is where we could see some strong to potentially severe storms possible across northeast Indiana, perhaps moving into the Kokomo area. By 4 pm, storms could be moving into east-central and northeast Indiana, so areas like Fort Wayne could be seeing some stronger storms during that time. Heading into the early evening hours, by 7 pm, we could see some strong to severe storms moving into the Anderson area and closing in on the Muncie area. By the later evening hours, showers and thunderstorms will begin to decrease in coverage and intensity as daytime heating is loss. A look at Futurecast radar is below.
Finally the threats, for areas in the marginal risk, for those in the marginal risk area, expect damaging winds to be the primary threat. Some storms could produce large hail, but with lapse rates looking meager, that threat is extremely low. For areas under the slight risk, damaging winds again will be the primary threat, but there is the potential for isolated supercell storms, and with enough low-level shear, we can not rule out a tornado or two. We expect the timing for the highest severe weather potential between 2 pm and 9 pm, but can occur anytime between noon and 10 pm. For updates on radar and more you can like the Equinox Weather Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter. Be weather aware today!