|The first Severe Thunderstorm Watch of March 2015|
The atmosphere was a little more primed for severe weather on March 25th, and the Storm Prediction Center had a Moderate Risk of severe weather across central and northeastern Oklahoma into extreme southwestern Missouri and northwestern Arkansas.
|Storm Prediction Center outlook issued at 11:30 a.m. CDT March 25, 2015|
The bigger news from this event was the tornado that hit Moore, OK. Yes, this is the same Moore, OK that was devastated by a massive EF-5 tornado on May 20, 2013. This time Moore fared a lot better. There was some low-end EF-2 damage, but most was EF-0 to EF-1. A recap of this event, including video, photos, and maps, is available at the Norman, OK National Weather Service office web site.
Those two days were followed by a few days of relatively quiet weather. On March 31st an area of Slight Risk was painted from northern Texas and southern Oklahoma eastward across Arkansas into west central Alabama. There were many reports of hail and high wind but fortunately no tornadoes. Tornado warnings were issued yesterday afternoon for a storm moving through Arkansas but there were no touchdowns, although a funnel cloud was reported by a spotter.
There will continue to be a slight risk of severe thunderstorms through Friday as the cold front now moving into the central U.S. moves to the east coast. Showers and thunderstorms will return to the Midwest and lower Great Lakes next week as a frontal system stalls across the northern U.S.