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Severe Storms Possible Today

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It is looking more likely that Delmarva will be in a prime spot later this afternoon for some strong to severe storms.

In order to get severe storms you typically need a few ingredients. Those ingredients include a warm and humid environment clashing with a cooler and drier airmass, some sort of front or geographical feature creating lift in the atmosphere, and wind shear (winds changing speed and direction with height-which can help cause rotation). According to the Storm Prediction Center (SPC), those ingredients exist today. Below is a piece of their morning forecast discussion where they mention Delmarva.

   ...WILL SUPPORT SUSTAINED MULTICELLS AND A LEAST A CONDITIONAL
   SUPERCELL POTENTIAL WITH DAMAGING WINDS/SEVERE HAIL POSSIBLE.
   PROVIDED SUFFICIENT CLOUD BREAKS/HEATING...A BRIEF TORNADO OR TWO
   MAY BE POSSIBLE IN VICINITY OF THE SURFACE OCCLUSION/WARM FRONT
   WHERE WIND PROFILES WOULD SUPPORT LOW-LEVEL
   MESOCYCLONES...PARTICULARLY THIS AFTERNOON/EARLY EVENING IN A
   CORRIDOR INCLUDING PA/WESTERN NY AND THE DELMARVA VICINITY.

A warm front is expected to move to our north later today and that is one front allowing for lift in the atmosphere. This front will increase humidity and rise temperatures into the lower 80s. If there are a few breaks in the clouds today then the atmosphere will become even more unstable and the likelihood for storms will be greater. There is also a small chance for a tornado or two to spin up. Areas north of Salisbury have the greater risk of that occurring.

A tornado watch or severe thunderstorm watch may be issued later on. Be sure to stay tuned to 47abc news and 47abc.com for further updates. Also be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for constant weather updates.

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