Wednesday Afternoon Weather Blog: Storm Update

By: Meteorologist Ray Hawthorne Email
By: Meteorologist Ray Hawthorne Email

WCTV MegaWatt Doppler Radar is tracking a squall line of showers and thunderstorms from near Albany, GA to about Mexico Beach, FL as of 3 o'clock this afternoon. Worth and Turner counties in Georgia continue under a severe thunderstorm warning for damaging winds in excess of 60 mph. The strong middle and upper tropospheric trough responsible for the devastating tornadoes from Arkansas through Kentucky is lifting out toward the Ohio Valley and Northeastern United States. Since the dynamics are beginning to separate from the approaching cold front, the lower-level convergence (which is maintaining the squall line) will start to weaken. In addition, the morning balloon launch from Tallahassee showed a stout capping inversion. This cap is a stable layer that acts like a lid on storm development. Therefore, we remain reasonably confident that the line of storms will start to crumble as it moves toward and east of U.S. Highway 319 (though, some wind damage could still be possible east of the highway on the Georgia side).

Residents in the western and northern parts of our viewing area should continue to monitor the severe weather potentially carefully through late afternoon.

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