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Mesoscale Discussion 344
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   Mesoscale Discussion 0344
   NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
   0959 AM CDT Tue Apr 02 2024

   Areas affected...Portions of WV

   Concerning...Tornado Watch 74...

   Valid 021459Z - 021630Z

   The severe weather threat for Tornado Watch 74 continues.

   SUMMARY...A substantial severe wind threat (70-90+ mph gusts), along
   with isolated tornadoes, will approach Charleston West Virginia and
   vicinity through noon.

   DISCUSSION...KHTS recently measured a significant severe wind gust
   to 80 kt (92 mph) with a compact but well organized cluster
   currently moving quickly eastward across parts of WV. Even though
   the airmass across this region remains only weakly unstable, very
   strong low-level and deep-layer shear is helping to compensate and
   provide convective organization. Recent radar data from KRLX shows
   enhanced inbound velocities embedded within the line that suggest
   70-90+ mph wind gusts will likely continue to be a threat with this
   line as it approaches the Charleston WV metro and vicinity over the
   next hour (through noon EDT). In addition to this substantial
   severe/damaging wind threat, isolated tornadoes embedded within the
   line also appear possible given the strength of the low-level flow
   and related shear.

   ..Gleason.. 04/02/2024

   ...Please see for graphic product...


   LAT...LON   38688203 38658123 38328078 37838091 37478126 37528198
               37928258 38288217 38688203 

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