This year, we get an extra day in February, referred by many as a “Leap Day“, occurring nearly every four years (thanks to the Gregorian calendar). On February 29 and into the beginning of a new month – stormy weather visits parts of the U.S. Shown above is the severe weather risk for Monday, confined mainly to Oklahoma:
An upper-level disturbance moving out of the Rockies will strengthen, feeding upon a strong feed of moisture coming out of the Gulf of Mexico. Cold air is also pouring down from the Northern plains. That contrast will continue to fuel the system as it moves eastward. By Tuesday into late Tuesday night, the threat expands to include more of the Ohio River and Mississippi River Valley areas. This could impact some Super Tuesday voting states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Tennessee.
This is not expected to be a widespread severe weather outbreak, but a line of storms is expected to develop as the disturbance drags a cold front through the region. Along the front is where storms that develop may cause wind damage along with a few tornadoes.
We are continuing to see this kind of pattern for the last few weeks, a possible foreboding of an expected active spring season ahead. If you’ve been caught off guard by this trend, be aware of the threats and prepare. Make sure you, your family, business and house of worship has an emergency plan and a way to know for sure when severe weather is expected.
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