Friday, April 23, 2010

Weekend Update

From, a tornado near Goodnight, Texas yesterday.

A potent spring storm continues to sweep across the plains into the southern states today. This system was responsible for nearly 3 dozen tornadoes yesterday, primarily in Kansas, Colorado and Texas. The storms were impressive with heavy rain, hail and strong winds. While damage was reported, no serious injuries or fatalities were. The photo above is from a tornado near Goodnight in the Texas panhandle and was pulled from a dramatic video by storm chasers from The entire video can be viewed HERE.

This system was expected to give us some rain by Sunday, but it now appears that high pressure will dominate the region with most of the activity passing well south of us into New York and Vermont. Overnight temperatures fell to the freezing point this morning with scattered frost. I had to scrape the car window on Ile Perrot to the southwest of Montreal this morning. As mentioned high pressure will give us clear cool nights and sunny warm days right into early next week. Some clouds and perhaps a stray shower may work into the border region with New York late Sunday.

The plains storm will continue to produce severe weather from Oklahoma and Texas east into Mississippi and Alabama today. More tornadoes are possible for the next 24-36 hours with this low and cold front. On the back side of the storm heavy snow, from 1 to 2 feet is forecast for the Colorado Rockies.

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