Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued For The Inland Empire, Mountains, and Low Desert Zones, including Palm Springs


Southern California Weather Force has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch effective today, March 16th, 2024 for the following zones;

San Gabriel Valley, Cajon Pass, The Inland Empire, San Bernardino / Riverside / San Diego County Mountains and Deserts, Morongo Basin, Low Deserts from Coachella Valley to Imperial County, which also will include along I-10 through Desert Center.

Discussion:  A cutoff low that is meandering around produced the predicted storms yesterday.  This same cutoff is still in the area, bringing a health north to south flow around it, much like yesterday.  Clear skies across the watch area suggests two things.  One, developing instability, more than what other forecasts say.  Also, strong surface to 6,000-foot instability column.

It means that strong updrafts will be developing, but also a point across the area that we have the low-level instability for a chance of tornadoes.   Now, while this isn’t a tornado watch, the low-level shear along from a north to south flow and onshore flow does promote low-level rotation.

Within the watch area today, hail, wind, heavy rain, and isolated tornado activity will exist.

A couple more inches of snow in Big Bear will fall as a result of this event.

– Raiden Storm –

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