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Tornado Watch 185
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WW0185 Radar
Hazard Tornadoes EF2+ Tornadoes
Likelihood Moderate Low
Severe Wind 65 kt+ Wind
Moderate Moderate
Severe Hail 2"+ Hail
High Moderate

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   SEL5
   
   URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
   TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 185
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   145 PM CDT TUE MAY 18 2010
   
   THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
   TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF 
   
          MUCH OF EASTERN COLORADO
   
   EFFECTIVE THIS TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 145 PM UNTIL
   1000 PM CDT.
   
   TORNADOES...HAIL TO 3 INCHES IN DIAMETER...THUNDERSTORM WIND
   GUSTS TO 70 MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE
   AREAS.
   
   THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 70 STATUTE
   MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 65 MILES NORTHEAST OF FORT
   COLLINS COLORADO TO 35 MILES WEST SOUTHWEST OF SPRINGFIELD
   COLORADO.  FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE
   ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU5).
   
   REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
   TORNADOES AND 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.
   
   DISCUSSION...THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED TO INCREASE QUICKLY THIS
   AFTERNOON IN NUMBER AND INTENSITY ACROSS THE WATCH AREA WITH THE
   APPROACH OF UPR TROUGH AND VERY FAVORABLE SHEAR PROFILES IN PLACE. 
   WITH HEATING THE AIR MASS IS NOW MDTLY UNSTABLE...MLCAPES TO 1200
   J/KG.  MOST FAVORED AREAS INITIALLY FOR SUPERCELLS AND
   TORNADOES/LARGE HAIL WILL BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE SURFACE CONVERGENCE
   N OF PALMER DIVIDE. SUPERCELLS WILL BECOME MORE COMMON THRU
   AFTERNOON AS ACTIVITY BUILDS EWD ACROSS THE WATCH.  PRIMARY THREAT
   WILL BE LARGE HAIL AND AT LEAST ISOLATED TORNADOES.
   
   AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
   SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 3 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE
   WIND GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO
   500. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 26025.
   
   
   ...HALES
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