A storm that brought hail and waterspouts to Southern California Thursday will bring the risk of violent thunderstorms to Wichita Saturday afternoon and evening.
A warm front developing over the southern Plains produced showers and thunderstorms from northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas to Tennessee during Friday.
Stiff southerly winds will bring in warm, more humid air over Kansas into Saturday, setting the stage for severe thunderstorms as the strengthening storm system rolls out of the Four Corners.
The most common traits of the storms as they slice eastward across central Oklahoma and Kansas Saturday will be damaging straight-line wind gusts, large hail and flooding downpours.
However, with this particular setup, a couple of discrete intense storms can produce a tornado.
Storms capable of producing a tornado were forecast to develop over eastern New Mexico and the northern Texas Panhandle to southwestern Kansas during Friday.
The greatest risk of tornadoes appears to be taking aim for northeastern Kansas to Iowa during Saturday, but a trailing line of severe storms will extend southward across the Red River.
The timing of the severe storm risk Saturday in Wichita will be from about noon Saturday until 9 p.m. Sunday, CDT.
Sunshine and a less volatile atmosphere will return to Wichita and much of the central Plains during Sunday.
The first blizzard of 2015 for the eastern United States slammed areas from Long Island, New York, to Bangor, Maine, Monday into Tuesday.
As it became obvious on Saturday that a major blizzard was going to hit the Northeast, the track and size of the storm became critical as to which areas would be hit the hardest.
Communities across the Northeast have endured heavy snow and fierce winds amid the first blizzard of 2015 with the storm continuing to churn over New England.
Lingering midwinter cold and additional rounds of snow will add to difficulties for cleanup and those without power after the Blizzard of 2015.
The blizzard pounding the New England region of the U.S. will continue to impact more of Atlantic Canada.
People may think blizzards are about heavy snow, but it's more about wind, blowing snow and visibility, and parts of the Midwest and Northeast are more susceptible to the wrath of these conditions.
Arkansas to South Carolina (1948)
Ice storm (Jan. 24th-31st) causes considerable damage; at least 30 deaths and $20 million damage.
Huge blizzard in northeastern Canada; lowest pressure ever recorded in Canada was approached with 946 mb at Mary's Harbor, Newfoundland (Record of 940.2 mb set at St. Anthony's, Newfoundland, Jan. 20, 1977.) Cartwright, Newfoundland had close to 24 inches of snow (total 106 inches on ground).
Cape Canaveral, FL (1986)
The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded after liftoff. Cold weather on the morning of the liftoff was blamed for causing o-rings to fail which caused the explosion.