Severe Weather to Affect Millions This Weekend

The skies turned green in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, from storms.

Large areas of the northern and eastern United States will be covered by severe weather over the weekend, with thunderstorms, dangerously high winds, heat waves, large hail, flash flooding, and more, according to weather reports.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center said that, though the central U.S. is likely to face the worst of the storms, multicell and pulse storms will appear in an area extending from the Ohio Valley to the Carolinas, which could bring damaging winds.

In recent days, windstorms resulted in a derecho that extended hundreds of miles across the central U.S., producing green skies in parts of South Dakota as a result of light refraction within the storms. A derecho is a widespread, long-lived windstorm that is associated with a blend of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms. Those winds also affected areas of southern Minnesota and Iowa.

Friday’s weather is expected to bring hail and flash floods to the central and southern U.S., while severe storms are predicted to be limited to the central and northern states on Saturday and Sunday.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For officials in the National Weather Service and NOAA as they monitor the forecasts.
  • For wisdom for state and community leaders and first responders as they prepare for the severe weather.
  • For the safety of those who are in the path of the upcoming storms.

Sources: NPR, National Weather Service, Washington Examiner


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