Strong And Severe Thunderstorms Are Possible In The Afternoon Hours
Strong and severe thunderstorms are possible later this afternoon, mainly from about 2pm through 8pm. The main threats are damaging winds and large hail. Our severe weather chances will really depend on how unstable the atmosphere will be when the main lift comes through our area. The less cloud cover and morning rain we have the better chance for severe thunderstorms in the afternoon. Currently, most models are indicating that sufficient Cape(fuel/energy for thunderstorms) will be present in the afternoon hours for our area. Strong wind shear is present in the upper levels of the atmosphere but not at the lower levels, thus keeping the chance for tornadoes low. Therefore, I think the slight risk issued by the Storm Prediction Center for our area is warranted. Outside of the severe weather chances today, the winds will be gusting at times to 25 MPH out of the south. Highs will be in the middle 70s for the Columbus area. Most of the rain should end by midnight, with most areas receiving around a 1.5 inches (no flash flooding issues today) of rain.
Thursday, highs will struggle to make it out of the upper 60s, as cold air advection will usher colder and drier air in. Temperatures will fall into the 40s for lows tomorrow night.
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-Meteorologist Desmond Seketrius