National severe weather forecast streak reaches second-longest stretch since 2014
Friday marks 46 consecutive days with somewhere in the nation warranting at least a level 2 rating on the severe weather outlook.
NORMAN, Okla. -- It's been a very busy spring so far for meteorologists keeping tabs on severe weather, and Mother Nature hasn't given much of a break.
NOAA's Storm Prediction Center is responsible for daily severe weather outlooks, and will highlight areas of concern each day using a five-point scale of expected impacts.
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Friday marked 46 consecutive days with somewhere in the nation warranting at least a level 2 rating on the severe weather outlook.
That is the second-longest streak of at least a level two since the scale was implemented in October of 2014. The record-longest streak is 55 days set from May 13 to July 6 in 2015.
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The streak just passed third place which was June 13-July 26 in 2019.
It looked like as of Friday evening the streak would end Saturday as SPC's outlook for Saturday had only shown a Level 1 concern for severe weather.
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But the streak was extended Saturday morning when SPC forecasters decided the severe weather threat was greater and hoisted level 2 outlooks for parts of South Dakota, Montana and the greater Kansas City / Omaha areas.
The streak should continue Sunday with Level 2 "likely" outlooks forecast for western South Dakota and Nebraska.
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