Severe weather threat Thursday

Severe weather risk

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Spring in Indiana brings mild temperatures, windy conditions, a decent amount of rain (sometimes too much), and almost always, a ramp up in severe weather.

For the first time this month, parts of the state will be under a Marginal Risk for severe storms, Thursday. On a scale of 1-5, this a 1. A Slight Risk is in place for extreme southern portions of the state, extending into the mid-south.

Main concern will be the threat for damaging wind, but there is also a low (but not zero) risk for tornadoes.

March is the beginning of a transitional period for much of the country, as we go from the cold of winter to the milder spring months. The battle between the two often leaves several opportunities for severe weather risks across the Midwest and Deep South.

In March, the tornado potential is possible for much of the eastern half of the country, with the greatest risk in the east central Plains through the Deep South.

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By April, the threat has shifted a bit north, with a higher risk across much of the Midwest,and the highest risk starting to shift west to the central Plains, traditionally knows as “tornado alley.”

Our peak in Indiana is during the three-month stretch of April, May and June, with the most active month being June, with over 300 tornadoes reported in the state since 1950.

It’s also interesting to note that there has been a tornado reported in every month of the year in Indiana – even during the cold months of December, January and February.