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Critical Fire Weather Threats in the West; Storms in the High Plains

Gusty winds, very dry conditions, and areas of dry thunderstorms are producing Critical fire weather threats across the Great Basin, Northern Rockies, and into the Northern High Plains. Severe storms in the High Plains are primarily expected to contain damaging winds and large hail. Near record heat in the South and Central High Plains and the Northeast. Heat builds into the Southwest this week. Read More >

Overview

An unseasonable strong storm system and rich moisture from the Gulf of Mexico produced severe thunderstorms across the Missouri Ozarks during the afternoon and evening hours of August 19th, 2018. A total of eight tornadoes were confirmed including six EF-0 tornadoes and two EF-1 tornadoes. The tornadoes near Diggins, Aurora, and Ritchey, Missouri were produced by low-topped (or mini) supercell thunderstorms. In contrast, the tornadoes over northern Barton and southern Vernon Counties in Missouri were associated with a line of thunderstorms referred to as a quasi-linear convective system (QLCS).

 

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