It seems like we have severe weather every year around my birthday. I never get to take the day off. Either we are covering severe weather, covering the aftermath of severe weather, or preparing for severe weather. If you need some proof, check out these storm report maps from some of the previous years:
April 3, 2007
April 2, 2006 a.k.a. Marmaduke/ Caruthersville tornado
April 1, 2005 I lived in Alabama, school damaged, but it was not widespread.
April 4, 2003 and April 6, 2003
April 3, 2001
This year may not be much different. We are going to start transitioning to a more unstable pattern over the next week or so. Even on Sunday night, the instablity across the state is looking impressive. We may squeeze in some severe weather prior to my birthday this year... Below is the forecast CAPE values for Sunday evening. This is a measure of the "Available Energy" in the atmosphere. Anything over 1000 perks my ears up a little...
Another value we look at is the "Lifted Index" or the measure of how "unstable" the atmosphere mya become. Anything -3 or -4 or lower makes me a little concerned. If you notice, -4 LI's covere Region 8 on Sunday afternoon.
We'll watch to see what happens. I think my Dad is coming to town, so maybe we'll send him out in the Wood Ford SotrmTRACKER!