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02.28.07

Severe Weather Season

Severe weather can erupt in the panhandle without warning. And the season for wicked weather is on the way - so what can we expect from mother nature in the weeks to come...
 

NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg has a look at what's coming together in our skies.
   

There never seems to be rhyme or reason for it, but panhandle winds will sweep you off your feet one night, and be calm by early morning.
  

Forecasting severe weather can be just as difficult, just ask Doppler Dave, but it's certainly worth a try. 
 
The evening of severe weather we had last Friday came unusually early in the year. Compared to the 2006 season, it could be a sign of things to come.

"This year could potentially be more active than last year because last year was so dry for so long," says David Hennig, with the National Weather Service.

With El Nino on the way out, and La Nina moving in things could also calm down. Because La Nina typically brings drier weather.

But often what is typical elsewhere is a-typical for the panhandle.

"Here in the panhandles it's always pretty volatile so anytime there's a thunderstorm from March through October you always have to be on guard of severe weather," says Hennig.

"Right now I'm expecting a normal storm season with periodic bouts of severe weather, where when, and how bad, we'll just have to wait and see," says "Doppler" Dave Oliver.

Wait and see is right, because with mother nature you never know.

"It was even proven a few days ago, in the off months when we don't expect things whenever there are thunder storms you have to keep an on eye because they could go severe," says Hennig.

The severe weather we mentioned earlier that came in last week was unusual for this area because we typically don't see it until April or May.

This wind of course, is a weather regular.

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