Butler County Times Gazette
  • Storm chances drop, but any that do develop could be severe

  • IF storms do develop in the southern portions of our state, yesterday's predictions remain intact in terms of track, timing and hazards
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  • On the anniversary of the Andover Tornado, we continue to look at a potential for severe weather in the region during the evening and overnight hours. The big "if" still remains, though, as forecasters aren't entirely certain where the best conditions will set up. At the moment, it appears that western Oklahoma's atmosphere will be better primed for severe thunderstorms than Kansas. IF storms do develop in the southern portions of our state, yesterday's predictions remain intact in terms of track, timing and hazards. Folks west of I-135 would have the better chance of seeing the higher end hazards (very large hail, destructive winds and higher tornado chances). Storms would then be expected to spread over the rest of the region during the night, sharing slightly smaller hail (golfball sized) and damaging winds with the rest of us. Storms are still predicted to redevelop tomorrow afternoon, but primarily east/southeast of our county. On a different note, a Red Flag Warning will go into effect at 1:00 this afternoon and continue until 8pm. Extreme Grassland Fire Danger levels will be reached by mid-afternoon as sustained winds sail up around 30 mph with gusts as high as 40 mph possible. Low relative humidity and temps in the mid-80s will contribute to these critical fire weather conditions.  
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