Tim's Weather World: Stormy start to the week

( GENE BLEVINS, REUTERS / May 20, 2013 )

( GENE BLEVINS, REUTERS / May 20, 2013 )

 

It won’t be a washout but the week will start out stormy at times.  Clusters of thunderstorms fueld by warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico could reach severe limits with the help of strong jet stream winds.  The Storm Prediction Center has us outlooked for a slight risk of severe weather for both today (top image below) and tomorrow (bottom image below).

 

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SPC forecasters say there is a potential for tornadoes:

 

…BOUTS OF DAMAGING WINDS/SEVERE HAIL AND A COUPLE
OF TORNADOES ALL POSSIBLE ACROSS THE REGION.

There were at least 20 states this weekend that reported severe weather.  Yesterday alone there were 28 reports of tornadoes across 4 states.  That brings the total number of preliminary reports of tornadoes to 251 so far this year with 9 deaths.  While the 2013 severe weather season is getting more active it still pales in comparison to last year when 617 tornadoes were reported through May with 66 deaths.

 

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