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Damaging Storms Strike Great Lakes, Build in N. Texas
UPDATED 6:30 PM CDT, May 20, 2012
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen
Damaging thunderstorms continue to roll across Michigan`s Upper Peninsula, with yet a second severe weather danger zone building in North Texas tonight. Large hail and destructive wind gusts will be the main weather hazards, but an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in place across far eastern Wisconsin and a sliver of Michigan`s Upper Peninsula, including Marquette, Mich., and Green Bay, Wis.
An intense, long-lived line of destructive thunderstorms is scurrying away from eastern Wisconsin and into Michigan`s Upper Peninsula tonight. These are rolling along a cold front draped from northern Michigan to North Texas. The front is dividing warm, moist of Gulf of Mexico air across much of the Eastern Seaboard from much drier, cooler air swooshing into the Plains in its wake.
The clash between the two is providing the perfect recipe for severe thunderstorms to live well into the evening hours as they exit into south-central Canada by early Monday morning. Before doing so, the storms will produce up to golf ball size hail and damaging wind gusts of up to 70 mph. In the path of these storms is Marquette and Escambia, Mich.
Even North Texas, sitting at the tail end of the same front responsible for the damaging Midwest storms, isn`t escaping without its own rash of severe thunderstorms. Even worse, the storms will drift aimlessly off to the south and southeast along the Texas Red River Valley, producing torrential rainfall, destructive wind gusts up to 70 mph and golf ball size hail.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in place across northwestern Texas, including Wichita Falls and Vernon.
The primary fuel source for these thunderstorms in addition to the front is strong daytime heating. Cities such as Wichita Falls, Vernon, and Guthrie, Texas, will be most vulnerable to experiencing one of these dangerous thunderstorms tonight.
After a busy severe weather start to the weekend, in which there were 25 tornado reports, 47 high wind reports, and 143 large hail reports across the Great Plains, Sunday is turning out to be more tame thus far. A roof was blown off a building near Stetsonville, Wis., and Abbotsford, Wis., reported tree branches down. Quarter size hail lasted 5 minutes near Hannibal, Wis., covering the ground, with golf ball size hail falling in Lac Du Flambeau, Wis.
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