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Severe Storms & Heavy Rainfall Possible in the Plains; Critical Fire Weather Conditions for Parts of the West

Scattered severe thunderstorms and locally heavy rainfall are possible across portions of the Plains through Monday. Meanwhile, dry weather and gusty winds will result in critical fire weather conditions across the Great Basin and northern Rockies. Elsewhere, tropical storm Dorian in the Atlantic is expected to slowly strengthen and will likely approach the Lesser Antilles by Tuesday. Read More >

26th Conference on Severe Local Storms



2013 Hollings Scholar Summer Project

As part of the Ernest F. Hollings scholarship program, McKenna W. Stanford (University of South Alabama) spent much of the summer with the staff at WFO Springfield. McKenna spent most of his time conducting statistical research of the three-ingredients method presented by Schaumann and Przybylinski at the 2012 Conference on Severe Local Storms. McKenna's hard work and dedication have revealed very promising results regarding the three-ingredients method for anticipating QLCS mesovortex genesis and rapid intensification. The results of McKenna's work have been presented to the WFO SGF staff, and were also presented to a diverse audience in Washington DC the week of July 29th.

A summary of McKenna's work can be found here

Case Studies

29 June 2012 Ohio Valley/Mid-Atlantic Derecho (pdf)

13 October 2012 Willard, MO Tornado (webpage)