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ENHANCED SEVERE WEATHER RISK FORECAST SYNOPSIS…ISSUED MAY 15, 2024…10:05 A.M. EDT

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Good day everyone!

I will have my Tropical Weather Outlook sometime tonight, as I wanted to address today’s severe weather outlook.

I will be out of the office from May 20 through June 01 as we will be traveling to Wyoming for our grandsons high school graduation.  For updates on severe weather and / or tropics, please come to this site, and use the following links for updates.  I will resume tropical outlooks on June 03.
https://www.spc.noaa.gov/classic.html
https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

I will reiterate, my forecasts are based on the available information at the time of analysis, and are only as accurate as the information analyzed and the solutions provided.

The outlined maps you were used to seeing from my F5 DATA software, are no longer around and operational.  This means I have lost quite a bit of data to analyze but I will try to make the severe weather forecasts as accurate and understandable as possible.
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CATEGORICAL OUTLOOK CONVERSION TABLE FOR DAY 1 OUTLOOKS
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The Storm Prediction Center (SPC), has issued an ENHANCED risk of severe thunderstorms: ACROSS THE SOUTHERN HIGH PLAINS…

There is a SLIGHT risk of severe thunderstorms: ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST…

…SPC SUMMARY…
Severe thunderstorms are expected across the southern Plains this afternoon and evening, accompanied by severe wind gusts, large hail, and perhaps a couple of tornadoes. Scattered severe thunderstorms are also possible this morning into the afternoon over parts of the central/northern Florida Peninsula, as well as the Carolinas
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SPC DAY 1 SEVERE THUNDERSTORM OUTLOOK MAPS (first image linked to current SPC outlook.  Click for any updated outlook maps)
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TORNADO PROBABILITY
Probability of a tornado within 25 miles of a point. 

HAIL PROBABILITY
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Probability of one inch diameter hail or larger within 25 miles of a point. 
DAMAGING THUNDERSTORM WINDS PROBABILITY

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Probability of damaging thunderstorm winds or wind gusts of 50 knots or higher within 25 miles of a point.  Hatched Area: 10% or greater probability of wind gusts 65 knots or greater within 25 miles of a point

Based on my analysis of the current outlook, CIPS, NAM 3km, and SPC SREF forecast models, information derived from forecast indices indicates all severe threats are probable.  Based on analysis of severe weather indices animations from recent modeling, and the SPC outlook text,  the stronger thunderstorm and severe weather activity appears to initialize from early this afternoon,
into early evening, with storms weakening gradually in the overnight hours over the ENHANCED risk outline.

The risk for Florida initiated early this morning prior to me measuring rainfall totals for CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative, Rain, Hail, and Snow network).  Currently, weather continues to clear here at the office.  The threat for Florida appears to be minimizing, however some severe thunderstorm activity could re-occur by early this afternoon, as daytime heating destabilizes the atmosphere over the MARGINAL and SLIGHT risk outlines.

Based on analysis of forecast severe and tornado indices, it appears the highest of the maximum indices should occur over Oklahoma in a thin area over the SPC 5% tornado probability outline, with the average of the maximum occurring over the remainder of the ENHANCED risk area and SPC 2% tornado probability outline.  Based on analyzed indices values, large hail could be experienced, and a high probability for damaging thunderstorm winds.

Although I am not expecting any EF2+ tornadoes, the NADOCAST 00Z forecast shows a probability over the Florida peninsula.  Having analyzed forecast SRH over that area, I believe the prob. is very low, and feel there may be an isolated probability over the portion of Oklahoma, where the highest of the SRH values is noted.
NAM 3KM 0 – 3 KM SRH FORECAST VALUES FLORIDA / OKLAHOMA
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The following were the forecast parameters and indices analyzed this morning, with the max. values pertaining to the
ENHANCED risk outline.  Bear in mind, indices recorded below are for the time of peak intensity.  Indices meanings can be accessed further on in the synopsis:

SBCAPE: 1500 – 3500 j/kg-1 (Texas) 2000 – 3500 (LA)
MLCAPE: 1500 –3000 j/kg-1 (LA) 2000 – 4000 (TX)
MUCAPE: 1500 – 4000 j/kg-1
SRH 0 -1 km: 100 – 200 m2/s2
SRH 0 -3 km: 150 – 350 m2/s2
SRH EFFECTIVE: 100 – 250 m2/s2

L. I.: -4 to -9
SCP: 7- 18
STP: 1 – 6
0 -6 km SHEAR: 40 – 50 kts
EFF. SHEAR: 30 – 40kts
MID LEVEL LAPSE RATE: 8.0 – 9.0C
DEWPOINT: 52F – 68F
EHI: 2.3 – 4.6
TOTAL TOTALS INDEX: 52 – 53C
K INDEX: 29 – 35C
SWEAT INDEX:
375 – 450
Screenshot 2024-04-26 at 19-04-32 Env Parameters and Indices
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The full operational utility of the EHI is not yet completely known. In addition, there is some discrepancy as to what the minimum threshold is for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. However, general threshold values are given below.
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A little fact on SRH values and tornadoes from NOAA / NWS
Storm Relative Helicity (m2 s-2)
SRH (Storm Relative Helicity) is a measure of the potential for cyclonic updraft rotation in right-moving supercells, and is calculated for the lowest 1-km and 3-km layers above ground level. There is no clear threshold value for SRH when forecasting supercells, since the formation of supercells appears to be related more strongly to the deeper layer vertical shear. Larger values of 0-3-km SRH (greater than 250 m2 s-2) and 0-1-km SRH (greater than 100 m2 s-2), however, do suggest an increased threat of tornadoes with supercells. For SRH, larger values are generally better, but there are no clear thresholds between non-tornadic and significant tornadic supercells.
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STP
( Significant Tornado Parameter) EXPLAINED:

A majority of significant tornadoes (EF2 or greater damage) have been associated with STP values greater than 1, while most non-tornadic supercells have been associated with values less than 1 in a large sample of RAP analysis proximity soundings.

SCP (Supercell Composite Parameter) EXPLAINED:
A multiple ingredient, composite index that includes effective storm-relative helicity (ESRH, based on Bunkers right supercell motion), most unstable parcel CAPE (muCAPE) and convective inhibition (muCIN), and effective bulk wind difference (EBWD). Each ingredient is normalized to supercell “threshold” values, and larger values of SCP denote greater “overlap” in the three supercell ingredients. Only positive values of SCP are displayed, which correspond to environments favoring right-moving (cyclonic) supercells.

SWEAT INDEX
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The following are the SCP (Supercell Composite Parameter) and STP (Significant Tornado Parameter) forecast maps from the NAM and HRRR model.  I decided to post both, given the discrepancies noted.  Generally, the higher the values and brighter the color, indicates a greater probability of strong thunderstorm and tornadic activity over an area:
NAM 3KM SCP FORECAST OKLAHOMA (1:00 p.m. 15 MAY –  MIDNIGHT CDT 16 MAY)
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NAM 3KM STP FORECAST OKLAHOMA (1:00 p.m. 15 MAY –  MIDNIGHT CDT 16 MAY)
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NAM 3KM SCP FORECAST FLORIDA (12:00 NOON 15 MAY –  MIDNIGHT EDT 16 MAY)
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NAM 3KM STP FORECAST FLORIDA (12:00 NOON 15 MAY –  MIDNIGHT EDT 16 MAY)
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This is from the 00Z update from NADOCAST.  Click on the image from NADOCAST for the updates page.  Once there, click on the time on the left (i.e. 12Z), then scroll to (models-conus-sigtor abs -calib).  I will try to update when the new maps come out.
TORNADO PROBABILITY
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SIGTOR PROBABILITY

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Please use the following maps, which should update automatically, for Mesoscale Discussions and Convective Watches.  You may have to refresh your browser, or click on the graphics.  I have provided the SPC homepage link below, so you may get the updated information regarding any changes to the outlook:
SPC MESOSCALE DISCUSSIONS (CLICK IMAGE FOR UPDATES)
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SPC CONVECTIVE WATCHES (CLICK IMAGE FOR UPDATES)
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IF A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED FOR YOUR AREA, IMMEDIATELY TAKE STURDY AND SAFE SHELTER
The following sites will explain most of the severe weather and tornado values listed above, and will give you an idea of what to expect:
ENVIRONMENTAL INDICES AND PARAMETERS NWS
https://www.weather.gov/lmk/indices

THE WEATHER PREDICTION
http://www.theweatherprediction.com/severe/indices/

SPC HOMEPAGE LINK
https://www.spc.noaa.gov/classic.html

The following NWS Watch / Warning map will provide local NWS information for your area.  Click the image, then once it refreshes, click on your area of interest to view any special weather statements, hazards or advisories for your area.
NWS WATCH / WARNING DISPLAY (LINKED…CLICK MAP, THEN YOUR AREA)

NWS DOPPLER RADAR LOOP (LINKED, CLICK RADAR MAP)
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RAP RADAR (CLICK IMAGE THEN GO TO LOOP DURATION AND PICK LENGTH OF LOOP, THEN CLICK RADAR SITE)
CARIBBEAN RADAR (CLICK IMAGE TO ACCESS ANIMATION)
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You may direct any questions by contacting me personally, ANYTIME, at: twalsh22000@yahoo.com

Have a blessed day!

T. F. “STORM” WALSH III
GMCS, USCG (ret)
METEOROLOGIST / HURRICANE SPECIALIST /SEVERE WEATHER SPECIALIST

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I am a Tropical Forecast meteorologist, providing hurricane forecasts during the Atlantic Hurricane Season. I retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in July of 2001. Meteorology became my passion in high school, and I have continued my educational background in meteorology since 1996, when I undertook the study of Tropical Meteorology. While working toward my degree, I had to unexpectedly withdraw from college due to my oldest sons medical reasons. I do however, meet the educational criteria of the AMS to be recognized as a meteorologist. Studies include, but are not limited to the Navy Aerographers Mate course, Naval METOC meteorology course, Meteorology 2010 Sophomore level course while attending St. Petersburg College, Clearwater, FL., Basic Forecasting course for operational meteorologists from Rapid WX, meteorology institute, a four month meteorological internship, and extensive research on numerous meteorological topics such as the MJO, NAO, satellite imagery interpretation, etc.

I have been forecasting Tropical Weather (Tropical Storms and Hurricanes) since 1996, with my main client being three different Coast Guard Commands.

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