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.
Travel hazards, delays and disruptions associated with rain, ice and snow will continue over the Central states through the balance of the Thanksgiving weekend.
Following a mild Thanksgiving and Black Friday, noticeably cooler air will return to the Northeast this weekend.
Sandra remains on track to make landfall in northern Mexico on Saturday, but it will be much weaker than its current major hurricane status.
The current reprieve from heavy rain across southern India will not last long with the threat for flooding downpours set to return for the final days of November.
Several days of heavy rain will bring the potential to cause flooding from the southern Plains to the middle Mississippi Valley into early next week.
Compared to Thanksgiving Day in 2014, this Thanksgiving will be substantially warmer in the Northeast.
Destructive windstorm in the Northwest; winds gusting to 105 mph in Cut Bank, MT; 96 mph in Sheridan, WY. Spokane, WA, radio tower downed. Coleville, WA, lumber shed demolished.
Barst, Guadeloupe (1970)
1.50 inches of rain in 1 minute -- world record.
Philadelphia, PA (1976)
Last of 23 straight days without any measurable precipitation.