Strong Thunderstorm Cluster Blossoms Over Somerville And Moving Northeast
Good afternoon everyone. Sorry that I didn’t post anything over the past two days, but I was really busy with my job and basketball stuff. There are a couple spring leagues going on so I’m trying to keep up with that for my basketball site. However, I have been following the news lately about all the severe weather that continues to grip the Plains, Midwest, and Southeastern United States.
As a matter of fact, it continues today. There is a high risk for severe thunderstorms over a good chuck of real estate in the Mid-South including Northern Mississippi, Northern Alabama, and Tennessee. These areas have the highest risk for tornadoes according to the Weather Channel. Meanwhile, flooding is still gripping a good deal of the Ohio and Missouri Valley, and points along the Mississippi River are flooding. Believe it or not, some of that severe weather is coming our way.
The big show is set for tomorrow thanks to the warm, moist air that has been sitting in place over the past couple days. Over the weekend, I posted in the blog about the warm weather we were expecting this week, and on Tuesday and Wednesday, the forecast did not disappoint with spring seeming to finally arrive. Trees and plants were finally blooming for the first time. On Wednesday, temperatures climbed into the upper 70s to near 80. However, with the warmth and humidity comes instability, and that has created an environment for thunderstorms.
Within the past hour, a severe thunderstorm has developed over northern Somerset County near Somerville, and has moved to the Northeast over Morris County. The National Weather Service Office in Mount Holly picked up on this, and first issued a weather statement followed by a Severe Thunderstorm Warning. The warning is in effect until 4:45 PM for Morris and Eastern Sussex counties.
Doppler Radar picked up on this thunderstorm, and indicates that it has the ability to drop quarter size hail, and produce damaging winds in excess of 60 miles per hour. The storm is presently located over Mendham, New Jersey approximately seven miles west of Morristown. The storm is expected to be near Dover, Victory Gardens, Wharton, and Rockaway by 3:55 PM. White Meadow Lake by 4:00 PM, Lake Telemark by 4:05 PM, Green Pond by 4:10 PM, and Highland Lake by 4:25 PM EDT. Meanwhile, there is a Tornado Watch In Effect for much of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and parts of Virginia.
Things are just getting started here as a powerful storm system that has caused a great deal of severe weather throughout much of the Midwest and South is pressing eastward.