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Thunderstorms, Heavy Rain and Heat in the Memorial Day Forecast

Strong to severe thunderstorms and heavy rain with possible flash flooding are expected from Texas to the Upper Mississippi Valley on Memorial Day. Also, a soaking rain with flooding is expected across south-central Florida. Meanwhile, a week of record breaking heat is going to get started across California into the Southwest and Great Basin, as excessive heat warnings stretch across the region. Read More >

Overview

An explosive severe weather setup existed across the Central Plains on 17 May 2019 with this setup resulting in several tornadic storms from southwest Kansas into western Nebraska. While tornadic storms occurred earlier in the day over northwest Kansas into southwest Nebraska, storms did not develop farther south along a slow-moving dryline until early evening. Initial storm formation occurred from near Garden City to points southeast of Liberal over the Oklahoma Panhandle.

A storm developing in Beaver County Oklahoma became a supercell (rotating storm) quickly after formation with the first of several longer track tornadoes developing in the Oklahoma Panhandle and tracking into Meade County KS. This tornado dissipated a few miles north of the state line as it existed mostly over open country with no intensity assigned (EFU) due to a lack of damage indicators. This same storm subsequently created several more tornadoes as it moved northeast across Meade, Clark, Ford, Edwards, Pawnee, and Stafford counties. The second longer-track tornado occurred along a 26 mile path starting southeast of Fowler and ending west of Ford with an EF3 peak intensity. The third longer-track tornado occurred along a 15 mile path starting northeast of Ford and ending south-southwest of Kinsley with an EF2 peak intensity. The final longer-track tornado track occurred along a 11 mile path starting in Lewis and ending about 4 miles north of Belpre in Pawnee County with an EF2 peak intensity. There was one final brief tornado near the Stafford-Barton County line but with no intensity assigned (EFU) due to a lack of damage indicators.

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