Oklahoma weather, golf ball size hail reported
At 6:40 p.m., golf ball size hail was reported near Hollis in far southwestern Oklahoma.
In looking ahead through tonight, the hazardous weather outlook from the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office reports:
Thunderstorms… The risk of severe thunderstorms will continue through the evening across portions of western Oklahoma and western north Texas.
Location… The most likely area for severe storms remains west of a line from Shawnee and Sulphur… to Marietta.
Timing… The most likely time for severe storms will be from 4 p.m. through midnight.
Impacts… The primary hazards this evening will be damaging hail to the size of golf balls and straight-line wind gusts up to 80 mph.
Discussion… Strong to severe thunderstorms will continue to develop and evolve across western Oklahoma and western north Texas this evening as an upper level trough continues to lift east/northeast across the Central Plains. In response… a dryline has surged… but will continue to slow as it approaches the Oklahoma/Texas Panhandle border through sunset. Isolated thunderstorms will slowly merge forming into multicell clusters and eventually into a line segment as they approach central Oklahoma between 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. cdt. this line will continue to move eastward through midnight into eastern portions of Oklahoma.
Large hail and damaging wind gusts will remain the primary threat this evening… with hail to the size of golf balls with the discrete storms early this evening and wind gusts approaching 60 mph. Later this evening/tonight… as storms merge into a line… damaging winds gusts to 65 mph… and quarter to half dollar size hail will be the primary hazards.
Overall… the severe threat will slowly diminish through tonight… primarily between 10 p.m. and midnight… with thunderstorms lingering through early Thursday morning.
In looking ahead:
Thunderstorms… Severe storms are expected Saturday and Sunday when a large storm system approaches the Southern Plains. Those who are planning or participating in outdoor activities in the weekend need to pay particularly close attention to weather forecasts: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/