Severe Weather Looks to Return Tuesday

By: Chief Meteorologist Chris Yates
By: Chief Meteorologist Chris Yates

Know the Difference Between a Watch and Warning

Severe Thunderstorm or Tornado Watch

  • A watch means that conditions are favorable for severe weather. You should go about your daily activities, but keep an eye on the sky. Have a plan in place in the case severe weather should strike.

Severe Thunderstorm or Tornado Warning

  • A warning means that severe weather is either occurring or imminent. When a warning is issued you should put your severe weather plan in to effect and seek shelter immediately.

 

Cheyenne, WY - Just days after a thunderstorm ripped through Cheyenne producing destructive microburst winds, torrential rain, hail and even a tornado, more severe weather is anticipated on Tuesday.

A potent shortwave currently located over Idaho will drop southeast in to the region on Tuesday producing thunderstorms, many of which may be severe.

The air will become increasingly unstable in the afternoon as moisture increases and temperatures climb in to the mid to upper 70's. With surface winds coming out of south-southeast and winds aloft moving in from the northwest, there will be more than enough wind shear for severe thunderstorms in SE Wyoming and Northern Colorado.

Severe storms are currently expected from 1 PM through 10 PM, though a few strong to severe storms could linger overnight. The primary threats of severe weather will be large hail, destructive winds and flooding, but due to good rotation near the surface a few tornadoes can not be ruled out.

Storm Tracker 5 Chief Meteorologist Chris Yates has given tomorrow's severe weather risk a rating of 7 on the Storm:CON Index. This means that there is a 7 in 10 (70%) Chance of severe weather occurring within a 25 miles of any point located within the severe weather risk area. The colored bars indicate the likely hood of that type of severe weather within severe storms. Green - Low, Yellow - Elevated, Orange - Medium to High, Red - Very High.

For more information, click on the link to the Storm Tracker 5 Weather Forecast on the right hand side of the page.


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