April 21: Wednesday Rain and Thunderstorms Expected!

Jonathan Carr
By Jonathan Carr April 21, 2015 22:01

April 21: Wednesday Rain and Thunderstorms Expected!

Low pressure in Canada will track from just north of the Great Lakes eastward—dragging a cold front beneath it through New Jersey on Wednesday. This should at least bring rain showers through the region but possibly thunderstorms as well. The short-range high-resolution NAM has been pretty insistent on a line of rain and thunderstorms passing through the region Wednesday afternoon. We’re looking at very marginal instability but decent wind shear (similar to last night). Here are simulated radar slides off the 18Z NAM:

Rainfall intensity between 2-3PM on Wednesday

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Rainfall intensity between 3-4PM on Wednesday

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The simulated radar returns indicate precipitation rates of 40dbz or greater (heavy downpours). This is a convective signature capable of producing severe thunderstorms should wind gusts exceed 58mph and/or 1-inch or larger hail occurs. These heavy showers and thunderstorms would be short-lived due to the speed of the passing line segment. The cold front will be blowing through afterwards which will clear the storms out pretty fast. We should see the sun again before it sets.

In English: Expect a short period of rain and thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon. They should span the entire state from NW to SE between noon and 4PM. Expect a breezy and gusty but mostly dry evening afterwards. Only isolated remnant showers will linger behind the storms until midnight.

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Jonathan Carr
By Jonathan Carr April 21, 2015 22:01

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