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Mar 4, 2024 1730 UTC Day 2 Convective Outlook
Updated: Mon Mar 4 17:31:21 UTC 2024 (Print Version | 20240304 1730Z Day 2 shapefile | 20240304 1730Z Day 2 KML)
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   SPC AC 041731

   Day 2 Convective Outlook  
   NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
   1131 AM CST Mon Mar 04 2024

   Valid 051200Z - 061200Z

   ...THERE IS A MARGINAL RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS PARTS OF
   EAST TEXAS/OKLAHOMA INTO THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY...

   ...SUMMARY...
   Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms appear possible Tuesday
   across parts of east Texas/Oklahoma into the lower Mississippi
   Valley. Occasional large hail and damaging winds should be the main
   threats.

   ...Synopsis...
   A low-amplitude, broadly cyclonic, split-flow upper pattern will be
   in place across the CONUS early Tuesday. A southern-stream shortwave
   trough is forecast to begin the period over the Lower MS Valley
   before then continuing eastward/east-northeastward across the
   Southeast States throughout the day. This shortwave is expected to
   end the period extended from the southern Appalachians into the
   northeast Gulf of Mexico. Several shortwave troughs will likely be
   embedded within the northern stream, including one wave which is
   forecast to move from the Dakotas northeastward across the Upper
   Midwest and into northwestern Ontario. 

   The surface pattern early Tuesday morning is expected to feature a
   low over southern Lower MI A cold front will extend southwestward
   from this low to another low over North TX. General expectation is
   for this front to progress southeastward/eastward throughout the day
   while becoming increasingly diffuse. Moderate low-level moisture
   will be in place ahead of this front, with mid to upper 60s surface
   dewpoints from east TX across the Lower MS Valley decreasing to the
   upper 50s/low 60s across the Mid MS Valley. Showers and
   thunderstorms will likely be ongoing early Tuesday along much of
   this frontal zone, with at least isolated coverage anticipated along
   and ahead of the front as it moves eastward throughout the day. The
   strongest storms are anticipated from east TX/OK into the Lower MS
   Valley.

   ...East TX/OK into the Lower Mississippi Valley...
   Showers and thunderstorms are expected to ongoing ahead of the cold
   front from eastern OK into central TX early Tuesday morning.
   Coverage and storm mode of these storms is uncertain, given the
   uncertainties regarding storm development and evolution from late
   Monday night/early Tuesday morning. Current expectation is for one
   or more clusters to be ongoing, with the most probable location for
   a cluster from central portions of East TX into the Arklatex.
   Forecast soundings across the region show modest low-level stability
   beneath an EML and attendant steep mid-level lapse rates and
   relatively dry mid-level air. These thermodynamic profiles appear
   supportive of strong downdraft production, which is confirmed with
   many of the HREF members forecasting strong storm outflow. Some
   organization on storm outflows may occur, but deep-layer vertical
   shear is only expected to be around 30 kt, limiting the confidence
   in upscale growth. This uncertainty regarding initiation and
   subsequent convective evolution limits overall forecast confidence.
   As such, will maintain Marginal probabilities for this outlook, but
   a corridor of higher probabilities may be needed in subsequent
   outlooks if convective evolution becomes more certain.

   Evolution of this early-day activity will impact the potential for
   redevelopment along the front during the afternoon and evening.
   Guidance has trended towards redevelopment along the front from
   east-central OK across north-central/northwest AR. Steep mid-level
   lapse rates will remain in place, suggesting that there is a
   conditional risk for hail and/or strong downdrafts with any storms
   that do development. Limited vertical shear should keep storm
   organization modest, tempering overall storm severity and duration.

   ..Mosier.. 03/04/2024

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