A textbook scenario for a violent weather outbreak is taking shape for Monday afternoon and evening in the eastern half of Kansas – including the Wichita metropolitan area.
“It looks like all the ingredients are going to be there,” said Dick Elder, meteorologist in charge at the Wichita branch of the National Weather Service. “This is the most ominous weather pattern for our warning area so far this year.”
That warning area covers the 26 counties in the southeast corner of Kansas. The Wichita office has already posted this graphic on its website home page:
In addition, the Storm Prediction Center has crafted a graphic indicating where forecast models project severe weather to form on Monday. The center’s forecast discussion states that forecast models “suggest possibility of a significant severe event…including strong tornadoes and very large hail.”
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It’s too soon to start predicting counties or cities that will be most at risk, Elder said.
But it would be wise to make sure shelter areas are ready for use, disaster kits are prepared and loved ones are well-versed on what to do if violent weather threatens.