Storms could bring high temperatures to Texas and tornadoes to Oklahoma over Memorial Day weekend, forecasters warn


Forecasters are warning of another day of increased risk for dangerous tornadoes in the Midwest on Saturday, and are telling people in South Texas to experience triple-digit temperatures, and that's with four weeks to go before summer begins.

The Oklahoma Weather Service compared the day to “a pile of gasoline-soaked brush.” Forecasters aren't sure if storms will form, but any that do could explode with large hail, dangerous winds and tornadoes. The millions of people traveling over the Memorial Day weekend have been warned that wild weather could wreak havoc on travel plans.

“There is a small chance that most of the matches will be failures and we only see a few storms today. Still, this is not a match I would like to play. It only takes one storm to make an impact,” explained the Service Norman National Weather. Oklahoma, he wrote on Facebook.

Excessive heat, especially in May, is the danger in South Texas, where the heat index is expected to approach 120 degrees Fahrenheit over the weekend. Parts of the state, including Houston, have already faced severe storms and power outages that left residents vulnerable to high temperatures before May The region is at the northern end of a heat dome that stretches from Mexico to South America, National Weather Service meteorologist Zack Taylor said.

Sunday looks to be the hottest day with record highs for late May forecasts in Austin, Brownsville, Dallas and San Antonio, Taylor said.

The temperature was nearing 90 degrees and the heat index was 104 in Brownsville, on the US-Mexico border, by mid-morning Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Red flag fire warnings are also in place for west Texas, all of New Mexico, and parts of Oklahoma, Arizona, and Colorado, with very low humidity below 10 percent, wind gusts up to 60 mph hour are combined with warm temperatures.

Wild weather across the country is affecting Memorial Day weekend travel


“We have very dry air, warm temperatures and strong winds that create a high fire danger over a wide area … that can lead to rapid spread or out-of-control fires,” Taylor said.

Meanwhile, several inches of snow fell Friday into early Saturday in Rolla, North Dakota, about 10 miles from the Canadian border.

The millions of people who travel for Memorial Day weekend there have been warnings that wild weather could play havoc with travel plans.

April and May have been a busy month for tornadoes, especially in the Midwest. Climate change is increasing the severity of storms around the world.

April had that of the country second highest number of tornadoes on record, according to the National Meteorological Service. And by 2024, the US is already 25% ahead of the average number of storms, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

Iowa was the hardest hit this week. A deadly tornado devastated Greenfield, a city about 55 kilometers south of the capital Des Moines, killed at least five people and injured dozens more. Other storms caused flooding and wind damage elsewhere in the state.

The storm system causing the severe weather is expected to move east as the Memorial Day weekend continues, with rain that could delay Sunday's Indianapolis 500 auto race in Indiana and more severe storms in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Kentucky.

The risk of severe weather moves into North Carolina and Virginia on Monday, forecasters said.


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