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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 14:11

Wednesday's Severe Weather Threat

Written by Drew Eppley
All eyes are watching this severe weather risk today, Wednesday April 5, 2017 afternoon and evening across the Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. All potential hazardous weather is possible at this time including wind, rain, hail and even a possability for long-duration EF2-EF5 long-duartion tornadoes, especially outside of our region in Mississippi and Alabama. As this low pressure system moves into the Ohio Valley, a warm front lifts through in the morning hours today. Storms should develop in the warm air by afternoon ahead of the cold front which is expected to bring a dusting of snow to us this weekend! The farthest points south we will likely get today will only provide a medium risk for severe weather but this could chage as the day progresses. Most model data gives us ample instability and wind energy to support severe weather. This skew-T chart from the NAM model shows the turning wind directions in the lowest 2 kilometers of the atmosphere, dew points near 60 degrees and CAPE (instability) values over 1000 J/kg. One caveat to this entire severe weather setup. If our dew points "mix down" into the 50s because of the expected sun and breeze ahead of the storms today, the severe weather risk will not be as high as initially expected this morning. This has happened on multiple occasions in the past, particularly when our surface wind direction is southeasterly. While it would not squelch the threat completely, the hazards of concern would lessen the liklihood of tornadoes but leave the potential for wind and large hail. Stay connected with your NOAA Weather Radio today as well as mainstram news outlets and radio as we should all be prepared for severe thunderstorms today not ruling out the possability for a tornado watch/warning situation! An outbreak of severe thunderstorms with a few strong tornadoes, very large hail, and damaging winds is expected today into tonight from Alabama and Georgia into South Carolina, as well as northward into middle and eastern Tennessee and central Kentucky. For our immediate area, the Storm Prediction Center states an increase in low-level moisture will occur today from TN northward to the lower OH Valley, in advance of the surface cyclone/cold front and west of the ongoing convection across AL/GA. Some surface heating will occur ahead of the front per morning satellite imagery, which combined with the moistening, will result in a corridor of moderate buoyancy extending northward from northern AL across middle TN into central KY, and perhaps southern IN. Convective initiation is expected along or just ahead of the front by mid afternoon, with sufficient cross-boundary flow/shear for discrete storms to move off the boundary. Deep-layer vertical shear and buoyancy will favor supercells capable of producing large hail and damaging winds, while a branch of the low-level jet across TN/KY will provide sufficient low-level shear for isolated strong tornadoes from about 7pm-9pm EDT. 
Saturday, 02 July 2016 23:48

Chicago Nighttime Chasing

Written by Drew Eppley
[Please see the disclaimer paragraph below this one if you get the feeling you want to share any video on this playlist] My unedited stock video collection of 1080p 60fps footage is here.
Saturday, 07 May 2016 17:12

NRCW Intercept Vehicle Two Is Here!

Written by Drew Eppley
We're proud to welcome the new NRCW Storm Intercept Vehicle to our team! It's a 2006 KIA Sportage. Thank you John & Debra for the contribution!
Monday, 08 February 2016 14:35

2-2-2016 Groundhog Day Indiana Storm Chase

Written by Drew Eppley
We chased the roads of Indiana for severe weather what we did ran into was flash flooding see the chase in action. RECORDED BY: JARROD ARENCIBIAPRODUCED BY: REAL LIFE TVDIRECTOR AND DRIVER: DREW EPPLEY
Sunday, 01 September 2013 02:10

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016 15:45

Behind the Scenes With Real Life TV and Cincinnati Thundersnow

Written by Drew Eppley
It has to be a great honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as Jim Cantore. Here's a personal follow-up from Jarrod.

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