WeatherGuidance Daily Weather Digest.

Significant and/or Noteworthy Severe Weather Events for Friday, 4/19/19

 

 

Hail Events:

 

There were no significant/organized areas of hail impacts on populated areas yesterday.

 

Please also refer to applicable StormIntelligence hail data products for additional details.

 

 

Wind Events:

 

Widespread thunderstorm wind gusts of 50-60 mph were common across portions of the southeast and mid-Atlantic areas on Friday.  Several pockets of 60-70 mph peak wind gusts were present as well.  There were hundreds of individual reports of damage to trees, tree limbs and powerlines from Florida into eastern Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia.

 

Please also refer to applicable StormIntelligence wind data products for additional details.

 

 

Tornado Events:

 

While a tornado was not “confirmed” on the ground, weather radar data suggests that 5 tracks of either sporadic tornado touchdowns and/or concentrated areas of wind damage likely occurred from just West of the Raleigh/Durham area, toward the Greensboro area in North Carolina, and northward to the Virginia border on Friday afternoon/evening.  Note within the red circled area just to the West of Durham, there are 2 individual tracks indicated, hence the final count of 5 in this region.

 

 

 

Another probable tornado/concentrated wind damage track was noted to the East of Hagerstown, MD on Friday evening, as indicated within the red circled area above.

 

 

 

Numerous reports of wind damage (i.e., damage to trees, tree limbs, powerlines, roofs and smaller structures) were received in the Reston, VA area on Friday evening.  The reports were concentrated within the red circled area on the above image, generally through the middle of Reston, to the East of Dulles Airport.  There was very little indication of rotation on radar in this area at the time, so the majority of the damage is likely from straight line and/or downburst-type wind activity, based on present indications.  Some brief tornadic spin-ups may have also occurred.

 

Please also refer to applicable StormIntelligence tornado data products for additional details.

 

 

Lightning Strike Activity:

 

 

Widespread areas of frequent cloud to ground lightning strikes were observed from Florida into much of the southeast and mid-Atlantic states on Friday.  Strike counts exceeded 15 per square mile across much of the area indicated in red on the heat map image above.  Actual strike positions are noted on the image below.

 

 

Please also refer to applicable StormIntelligence lightning data products for additional details.

 

 

 

Severe Weather Outlooks for Today and Tomorrow

 

Today, Saturday, 4/20/19:

 

Overview:

 

Organized and/or significant areas of severe weather are not expected in populated areas today.

 

Please also refer to applicable StormIntelligence severe weather outlook products for additional details.

 

 

 

Tomorrow, Sunday, 4/21/19:

 

Organized and/or significant severe weather episodes are not expected in populated areas on Sunday.

 

Please also refer to applicable StormIntelligence severe weather outlook products for additional details.

 

 

 

Wildfire Outlooks for Today and Tomorrow

 

Today, Saturday, 4/20/19:

 

 

Elevated fire weather conditions are expected from southeastern Arizona into much of New Mexico and far west Texas today.  Conditions are expected to reach critical levels for possible wildfire initiation and spread in southern New Mexico and extreme southwest Texas, including the El Paso, TX area.

 

Please also refer to applicable StormIntelligence wildfire outlooks and data products for additional details, and the real time StormIntelligence wildfire data feeds as activity may occur.

 

 

Tomorrow, Sunday, 4/21/19:

 

 

Elevated wildfire development and spread risk will exist across much of New Mexico into far west Texas on Sunday, as shown in the yellow shaded area on the above image.  Within this general area, critical wildfire conditions are expected again from portions of far southern New Mexico into the El Paso, TX area, and also in northeastern New Mexico, in/near the Tucumcari and Clovis areas.

 

Please also refer to applicable StormIntelligence wildfire outlooks and data products for additional details, and the real time StormIntelligence wildfire data feeds as activity may occur.

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