Slight Risk of Severe Weather in Attractions Area Saturday (2/6)

SPC Slight Risk

The Storm Prediction Center says there’s a slight chance (risk level two out of five) for severe thunderstorms occurring in the Attractions area on Saturday, February 6. Two distinct rounds of severe weather are possible, one in late afternoon to early evening, and another overnight.

Saturday severe weather risk

Interestingly, the overall risk of any storms forming is relatively low (less than 40%), but those that do form have a fair chance of becoming severe at times.

The primary risks are damaging winds and hail (a15%-29% chance of those occurring within 25 miles of where you are), along with a non-zero chance of an isolated tornado (2%-4%).

Chance of each mode of severe weather occurring within 25 miles of a given location

Here’s the SPC’s latest thinking:

   Day 1 Convective Outlook  
   NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
   1027 AM CST Sat Feb 06 2021

   Valid 061630Z - 071200Z


   Isolated severe thunderstorms capable of producing strong to
   damaging winds, a tornado, and some hail may impact parts of the
   Florida Peninsula today into tonight.

   ...Central/Southeast FL this afternoon...
   Only minor changes have been made to the ongoing forecast.  A
   low-amplitude progressive shortwave trough is noted this morning
   over the central Gulf of Mexico moving rapidly eastward toward FL. 
   Ahead of this system, southerly low level winds are increasing over
   FL, aiding in the slow northward progression of a weak surface warm
   front.  Broken clouds and partial daytime heating is occurring south
   of the front, which combined with dewpoints in the lower 70s, will
   yield afternoon MLCAPE values of 1000-1500 J/kg.  Morning CAM
   solutions suggest a few thunderstorms may develop during the
   early-mid afternoon over the central peninsula and track toward the
   east-central coast.  These storms would be near the retreating warm
   front, and in a vertical shear profiles sufficient for updraft
   rotation.  These storms could pose a threat of large hail and
   gusty/damaging winds.

   ...Central/Northern FL after dark...
   The main cluster of convection associated with the aforementioned
   shortwave trough is expected to move into the FL Big Bend region
   after dark.  Model solutions are in general agreement that these
   storms will track east-northeastward along the retreating warm front
   through the overnight period.  Relatively strong wind fields and
   lift in this region suggest a risk of a supercell structures,
   capable of damaging wind, hail, and perhaps a tornado or two.

Sunday’s weather also bears watching, with the SPC already putting the area in a lower Marginal Risk (level one out of five).

Learn More
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