Severe Storms Threaten the High Plains, Southeast
UPDATED 5:30 PM EDT, July 11, 2012
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman
Thunderstorms will bubble up along the Northern Tier this evening, bringing the chance for heavy rain, large hail, and especially damaging winds to parts of the northern High Plains and northern Rockies. Not be left out, the same storm bringing occasional storms to the Southeast continues to make trouble.
The culprit for the stormy weather in the Northern Tier is a weak cold front moving southeastward from Canada clashing with temperatures that are into the 90s. Thunderstorms are starting to develop across Montana and Wyoming, and will maneuver into the Dakotas by evening.
Once in the Dakotas, the storms are expected to persist as they feed off the warm and muggy air streaming northward from the Gulf of Mexico. The threat for severe weather is expected to wind down by late tonight as the storms lose their fuel in the Northern Plains.
In the Southeast, the threat is from the same stalled front that has been bringing unsettled weather for days to the Carolinas. This time, the focal point is a bit further to the south, across central Georgia and eastern South Carolina. Macon and Savannah, Ga., along with Charleston and Columbia, S.C., will be some of the cities under the risk today for storms with damaging winds.
For Thursday, the threat for severe storms will continue its trek across the Northern U.S., bring the chance for strong-to-severe storms to the eastern Dakotas and Minnesota.
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