America Prepare For Severe Weather As Winter’s Bite Makes A Comeback

by | Feb 29, 2024 | Climate Crisis, Environmental News

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Severe weather and damaging wind gusts impacted approximately 44 million people in the eastern U.S., affecting cities such as Atlanta, Baltimore, Washington, and Charlotte, North Carolina. This weather event marks the return of winter’s bite, followed by a potent cold front that swept across the Midwest and Ohio Valley on Tuesday and early Wednesday, triggering numerous Tornado Warnings and instances of large hail.

Americans Prepare For Severe Weather As Winter's Bite Makes A Comeback

The national forecast on Wednesday marked a significant change from the unusually warm conditions observed in the central United States on Monday and Tuesday. During these two days, numerous locations in Texas recorded record-breaking temperatures, reaching as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.7°C). (Source: Reuters)

In Texas, strong winds and relatively low humidity contributed to the escalation of four wildfires in the panhandle region, leading to evacuations in several small towns. The largest among them, known as the Smokehouse Creek Fire, had already consumed 500,000 acres as of Wednesday morning, and firefighting crews had not yet achieved any containment, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.

On Wednesday, the threat of winter’s bite extended from the western slopes of the Appalachians to the Carolinas, mid-Atlantic, and Northeast as a potent cold front made its way eastward.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Storm Prediction Center (SPC) identified regions of northern Alabama and North Georgia, encompassing Atlanta and extending northward through western New England, as having a Level 1 out of 5 risk on its 5-point severe thunderstorm risk scale.

This risk area covered cities such as Knoxville in Tennessee, Charlotte and Raleigh in North Carolina, Roanoke and Richmond in Virginia, Washington, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Scranton in Pennsylvania, as well as Syracuse and Albany in New York, and Burlington in Vermont.

Following the warm weather in the Midwest, severe thunderstorms and a few tornadoes swept through the region on Tuesday night. Local authorities are currently evaluating the extent of the damage, with no reported injuries at this time.

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