Nearly the entire state of Indiana and almost all of Ohio — including all of IMO SKYWARN quadrant two — has a slight risk of severe weather between 9 a.m. EDT today and 8 a.m. EDT tomorrow, according to the “Day 1 Convective Outlook” that the National Weather Service (NWS) Storm Prediction Center (SPC) issued at 8:53 a.m. EDT.
This slight risk area represents a significant change from earlier outlooks, greatly broadening the slight risk area.
By far, the greatest concern is damaging straight-line thunderstorm wind of 58 mph or greater. Indiana and Ohio have a 15 percent probability of such winds occurring within 25 miles of a point (see an explanation of outlook probability figures). The tornado and hail probabilities during the period are less than two percent and five percent, respectively.
Meteorologists expect any severe storms in the area to develop this afternoon and SKYWARN spotter activation might be needed, according to a “Hazardous Weather Outlook” issued by the northern Indiana NWS office at 4:45 a.m.
Anyone planning outdoor activities today should be sure to have a way to remain aware of any watches or warnings that the NWS might issue today.
As always, outlooks and forecasts are subject to change. The SPC will next update its outlook for today by 12:30 p.m. EDT.