Feb 28, 2021 1630 UTC Day 1 Convective Outlook
Updated: Sun Feb 28 16:15:44 UTC 2021 (20210228 1630Z Day 1 shapefile | 20210228 1630Z Day 1 KML)
Probabilistic to Categorical Outlook Conversion Table
Categorical Graphic
20210228 1630 UTC Day 1 Outlook Graphic
Day 1 Risk Area (sq. mi.) Area Pop. Some Larger Population Centers in Risk Area
SLIGHT 124,169 15,422,998 Dallas, TX...Memphis, TN...Fort Worth, TX...Nashville, TN...Arlington, TX...
MARGINAL 154,341 12,210,083 San Antonio, TX...Austin, TX...Lexington-Fayette, KY...Huntsville, AL...Chattanooga, TN...
Probabilistic Tornado Graphic
20210228 1630 UTC Day 1 Tornado Probabilities Graphic
Probability of a tornado within 25 miles of a point.
Hatched Area: 10% or greater probability of EF2 - EF5 tornadoes within 25 miles of a point.
Day 1 Tornado Risk Area (sq. mi.) Area Pop. Some Larger Population Centers in Risk Area
5 % 102,990 8,607,064 Memphis, TN...Nashville, TN...Shreveport, LA...Little Rock, AR...Clarksville, TN...
2 % 104,228 11,750,407 Dallas, TX...Arlington, TX...Plano, TX...Lexington-Fayette, KY...Garland, TX...
Probabilistic Damaging Wind Graphic
20210228 1630 UTC Day 1 Damaging Wind Probabilities Graphic
Probability of damaging thunderstorm winds or wind gusts of 50 knots or higher within 25 miles of a point.
Hatched Area: 10% of greater probability of wind gusts 65 knots or greater within 25 miles of a point.
Day 1 Wind Risk Area (sq. mi.) Area Pop. Some Larger Population Centers in Risk Area
15 % 114,866 9,291,936 Memphis, TN...Nashville, TN...Shreveport, LA...Little Rock, AR...Clarksville, TN...
5 % 106,178 12,940,865 Dallas, TX...Fort Worth, TX...Arlington, TX...Plano, TX...Lexington-Fayette, KY...
Probabilistic Large Hail Graphic
20210228 1630 UTC Day 1 Large Hail Probabilities Graphic
Probability of hail 1" or larger within 25 miles of a point.
Hatched Area: 10% or greater probability of hail 2" or larger within 25 miles of a point.
Day 1 Hail Risk Area (sq. mi.) Area Pop. Some Larger Population Centers in Risk Area
SIG SEVERE 30,198 4,691,476 Dallas, TX...Plano, TX...Garland, TX...Irving, TX...Mesquite, TX...
15 % 35,060 7,497,386 Dallas, TX...Fort Worth, TX...Arlington, TX...Plano, TX...Garland, TX...
5 % 89,121 7,634,726 San Antonio, TX...Austin, TX...Shreveport, LA...Little Rock, AR...Waco, TX...
   SPC AC 281615

   Day 1 Convective Outlook  
   NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
   1015 AM CST Sun Feb 28 2021

   Valid 281630Z - 011200Z


   Damaging thunderstorm gusts, a few tornadoes and large hail are
   possible from northeast Texas to Middle Tennessee and southern

   A positively-tilted upper-level trough within the Four Corners
   region will continue to sag southeastward today with a closed low
   aloft eventually developing across AZ/NM. A broad swatch of strong
   mid-level flow will exist from the Texas Big Bend into the Ohio
   Valley and lower Great Lakes. At the surface, a cold front extends
   from a central WI surface low southeastward into MO/OK and west TX.
   The front will be the main focus for severe weather this afternoon.

   ...ARKLATEX into the Mid-South...
   Upper 60s to around 70 F dewpoints are situated to the south of the
   southeastward moving cold front. Broken cloud cover, particularly in
   the ARKLATEX region has allowed temperatures to rise to the low 70s
   F. Areas that continue to see broken cloud cover will support
   1500-2000 J/kg of MLCAPE this afternoon. Effective shear values of
   50-70 kts will support organized storm structures. Deep-layer shear
   is generally parallel to the front and will generally favor linear
   storm mode, though supercells ahead of and embedded within the line
   are possible. Large hail will be possible, particularly early in the
   convective cycle. An area of greater hail risk is evident within the
   ARKLATEX given this morning's observed upstream mid-level lapse
   rates. Very large hail will be possible in this region. Damaging
   wind gusts will generally be the primary threat as convection
   evolves and grows upscale along the boundary.

   Low-level hodographs are supportive of a risk for tornadoes. Again,
   the linear storm mode and the weakness in the flow around 700 mb in
   both observed and forecast soundings should limit the overall
   potential. However, a few embedded supercell and mesovortex
   tornadoes within the convective line may occur.

   ...South TX...
   A conditional threat for large hail will exist from the Edwards
   Plateau into parts of South Texas. There is continuing uncertainty
   with whether storms will develop based on the latest guidance.
   However, deep-layer shear will be strong and forecast soundings
   indicate very long hodographs. Should storms develop, they will
   likely be elevated supercells behind the front.

   ..Wendt.. 02/28/2021