Well it’s barely April and already my hometown has been hit by a tornado. Maybe we’ve gotten it out of the way… But at any rate it’s a reminder that it’s time for my semi-annual collection of weather-related apps I’m using today.
It’s once again Severe Storm Season, and this year I’ve made several changes that will directly or indirectly require me to adjust the weather apps, software, and services I use to stay alive, safe, and at all times chasing storms (rather than being chased). Here’s the apps and sites I use the most.
Today’s high risk of tornadoes is 3x higher than a few weeks ago when strong violent tornadoes affected the Dallas metro area. The potential for life-threatening situation is enhanced by the timing of arrival: these supercells will likely affect the central Oklahoma area after dark on Saturday night. As last night, these will remain dangerous well into the midnight hours when many people are sleeping. The 5:00am Hazardous Weather Outlook from the Norman NWS Office reads: Probability of storms occurring…
Dear everyone pointing at funnels in Oklahoma today: it’s not a tornado. This upper level low system might be creating some interesting and scary looking clouds, but they pose no threat because they aren’t powered by a supercell thunderstorm above them. So please enjoy the intriguing motions and stay weather aware, because some of these storms are producing some hail — just not tornadoes today.