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Active Weather Through Memorial Day Weekend

Several rounds of strong to severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall are expected this holiday weekend across the northern and central Plains into the Upper Midwest, especially on Sunday and Memorial Day. A few strong to severe storms are possible in New England today. Critical fire weather concerns continue across much of the Southwest and through the Southern Rockies. Read More >

A Wind Advisory is in effect for the Mojave Desert Slopes of the Kern County Mountains and Deserts Until 11 PM PDT on Sunday Night. Strong wind gusts may blow down tree limbs and power lines. A few power outages are possible. Travel will be difficult, particularly for high profile vehicles. Highways affected include, but are not limited to Highway 14, U.S. Highway 395, Highway 58 below Tehachapi Pass, including the town of Mojave, and Highway 178 below Walker Pass, including the town of Inyokern.
A Wind Advisory is in effect for the Mojave Desert and Indian Wells Valley the Kern County from 11 AM PDT this morning until 11 PM PDT on Sunday Night. Strong wind gusts may blow down tree limbs and power lines. A few power outages are possible. Travel will be difficult, particularly for high profile vehicles. Highways affected include, but are not limited to Highway 14, U.S. Highway 395, Highway 58 below Tehachapi Pass, including the towns of Rosamond and Mojave, Highway 178 below Walker Pass, including the towns of Inyokern and Ridgecrest.
High temperatures across Central California will be a few to several degrees below normal throughout the Memorial Day weekend.

 

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The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service. Although SKYWARN® spotters provide essential information for all types of weather hazards, the main responsibility of a SKYWARN® spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. In the average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States. These events threatened lives and property. Since the program started in the 1970s, the information provided by SKYWARN® spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods.

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