The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 8, 2013

Stormy weather forecast for Joplin area late Tuesday

From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — A strong storm system will move into the Plains on Tuesday, creating the possibility for severe thunderstorms late Tuesday afternoon in the Joplin area.

Steve Lindenberg, with the National Weather Service forecast office at Springfield, in a telephone interview today, said, “A cold front will arrive in central Kansas on Tuesday that will be capable of producing all modes of severe weather. It will  gradually spread to the east and arrive in the Joplin area during the evening hours.’’

Lindenberg said it is likely the storm front will produce some super cell thunderstorms before transitioning into a line of thunderstorms.

“The main threat from a line of thunderstorms would be straight-line winds,’’ he said. “But the front could be in transition at that time. There is also the potential for super cells at that point.’’

The risk for a tornado would be elevated if a super cell thunderstorm should develop. Lindenberg said it more likely for super cells to develop further west, near Wichita, Kan.

He said it is possible for weaker tornados to develop if the area is hit by a line of thunderstorms, especially during the nighttime hours.

There is an elevated risk for large hail associated with the storm front.

“It could be a slow-moving system. Rainfall might be pretty impressive — maybe one inch and a quarter through Wednesday night,’’ he said.