Severe Weather Outbreak Likely Just East of Here Next Week

March weather can sure be an interesting, but can also be quite threatening and potentially deadly.  La Nina years have a propensity for bringing large and violent tornado outbreaks, and we may have one of those on our hands next week.  Now this won't be for Colorado, but for areas just east of Colorado.  Eastern Kansas, eastern Oklahoma, eastern Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, etc., will all be under the gun next Tuesday.  Points east of there will get hit on Wednesday.  Below are some things that I am analyzing:

Forecast Upper Level Winds Tuesday March 8th:

Lots of wind energy coming out with that system.  Lots of change in direction and speed as you go up through the atmosphere.  This is a ripe wind environment for tornadoes.  Looks like they will have warmth and moisture from the Gulf too.  Areas along and east of the KS Turnpike could be a nasty place to be, next Tuesday afternoon...

You can see the L moving east across KS, with severe storms likely firing on the dryline near Wichita in the afternoon.  Right now, it looks like it will pass to far to the north to give Southern Colorado any good snow.  However, areas from the Palmer Divide northward will have to be watched closely.  This is the one we will be watching for the next few days...

Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe

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  • by jon Location: stratton meadows/ southgate on Mar 5, 2011 at 09:28 PM
    Mon - Tues storm , heared at the 10 pm forecast , it is being down graded due to an apparent shift further north than earlier thought , i know this pattern , means strong north by northwest winds killing the snow props here, no surprise here.. oh well go ahead and clean up your gardens, ready them for spring, you will forget this weather system in a couple of days anyway.. jon
  • by Christopher Location: Black Forest/North CO Springs on Mar 5, 2011 at 11:15 AM
    I think that you all need to update your forecast discussion on here for the possible Major storm on Tuesday. It looks like it could be a bad one per NOAA. I hope so:) I guess time will tell...
  • by jason Location: monument on Mar 4, 2011 at 08:24 PM
    thanks brian. next tues is my bday and well being a storm chaser myself this looks exciting however i really dont want to see any outbreak that hurts or kills anyone. lets hope this will give a great show for weather watchers with no ill effects. thanks for all you do to keep our communities safe and for giving us storm spotters a chance to help you.
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