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Turning Stormy in the Northwest

An active fall storm pattern developing in the Pacific Northwest this week will bring areas of heavy rain and high elevation snow. Northern California will benefit from rainfall this week that will aid firefighters given the recent large wildfires. Read More >

Severe Thunderstorm Watch #350 issued at 1720 UTC
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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
   SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 350
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   1240 PM EDT SUN MAY 14 2006
   
   THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
   SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF 
   
          CENTRAL AND PARTS OF EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA
          NORTHERN SOUTH CAROLINA
          SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL VIRGINIA
   
   EFFECTIVE THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 1240 PM UNTIL
   800 PM EDT.
   
   HAIL TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER...THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 70
   MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS.
   
   THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 95
   STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 50 MILES EAST
   NORTHEAST OF CHARLOTTESVILLE VIRGINIA TO 50 MILES WEST SOUTHWEST
   OF FLORENCE SOUTH CAROLINA.  FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE
   WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU0).
   
   REMEMBER...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE
   FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
   AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
   THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
   AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY
   DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.
   
   OTHER WATCH INFORMATION...CONTINUE...WW 349...
   
   DISCUSSION...THUNDERSTORMS WILL INCREASE IN NUMBER AND INTENSITY
   ACROSS MUCH OF WATCH AREA DURING AFTERNOON AS AIRMASS DESTABILIZES
   FURTHER.  WITH STEEP LAPSE RATES AND LOW FREEZING LEVELS...LARGE
   HAIL WILL BE DOMINATE THREAT.  HOWEVER SHEAR PROFILES WILL BECOME
   INCREASINGLY FAVORABLE THRU THE AFTERNOON FOR SUPERCELL
   DEVELOPMENT...ENHANCING LARGE HAIL AND WIND DAMAGE CONCERN.
   
   AVIATION...A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL SURFACE AND ALOFT
   TO 2 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE WIND GUSTS TO 60
   KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO 450. MEAN STORM
   MOTION VECTOR 24030.
   
   
   ...HALES