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.
A wet weekend is in store for the eastern United States as rounds of rain and thunderstorms move over the region.
Severe thunderstorms spawned tornadoes in major metropolitan areas, while wildfires raged in the West and flooding downpours persisted in the East.
As much of the West continues to be plagued by intense drought, the production of favorite and trendy foods may be more challenging for states operating in dry conditions.
Since the movie "Jaws," inspired by 1916 shark attacks, the number of shark attacks has been on the rise due to human and seal population increases, shark migration and warming temperatures.
Japan and South Korea face tropical floods into this weekend; the danger of a typhoon looms for next week.
Bertha is forecast to take a curved path near the islands in the northeastern Caribbean this weekend, then to stay off the East Coast of the United States next week.
Erie, PA (2000)
1.75" diameter hail.
A total of 5.31" of rain.
New England (1975)
"Hot Saturday" 107 degrees in New Bedford and Chester, MA All-time hottest day - 104 degrees in Providence, RI (also all-time record for state) 100 degrees in Nantucket for the first time