Friday, May 04, 2012

Updating The Thunder Threat This Evening

It took a while but the sun *finally* made an appearance out there...and temperatures have well as humidity levels as it's a warm, summery evening in the region.  Thunderstorms are firing and moving east-southeast along a cool front that's slipping south across New York into Pennsylvania.  There's a lone shower near Reading as of 4:30 that's weakening as it moves towards us but more thunderstorm activity lurks off on the northwestern horizon -- mostly west of State College and north of I-80 and a few hours away from the region.

The best chances for thunder this evening will occur after 8 or 9 PM locally and the best chances for stronger thunderstorms will occur to our west where skies were a bit clearer longer than they were locally in the city proper.  Any thunderstorm could bring gusty winds and localized downpours but the odds as of now favor that thunderstorm activity should not reach severe limits for the majority of us.

That said, we're still under a slight risk for severe weather tonight and we could see a few of these storms get pretty strong in Central Pennsylvania over the next few hours.  You can track their movement on the current weather page through the evening.