Slight risk of severe wind/hail today

Map from SPC Day 1 Convective Oultook issued at 1217Z May 20, 2013

According to the National Weather Service (NWS) Storm Prediction Center (SPC), almost all of Indiana and certainly all of the counties covered by the northern Indiana National Weather Service office have a slight risk of severe weather today. The Day 1 Convective Outlook that SPC issued at 8:17 a.m. EDT indicates that “multiple lines/clusters of thunderstorms will affect this region, with a few supercells possible. Hail and damaging winds are the main threats, but isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out.”

The Northern Indiana weather forecast office, however, seemed less impressed when it issued its Hazardous Weather Outlook at 4:45 a.m. EDT. It reads, “Spotter activation is not expected at this time.”

The next convective outlook from SPC is due at 12:30 p.m. EDT. Keep an eye out for possible watches and warnings today, especially of the severe thunderstorm variety. And remember what June 29 taught us: severe thunderstorms can be very destructive!