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November’s not too late for severe weather

November isn’t typically a month to associate with severe weather like tornadoes or tropical storms, but here we are in the second week of the month and we’re looking at both.

Severe thunderstorms capable of producing hail, strong winds, and even tornadoes are possible on Wednesday this week.

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The Storm Prediction Center has already issued an enhanced risk across Missouri and parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana.

A low pressure system is expected to strengthen over the Plains in the middle of this week, and the front trailing behind it will provide a volatile mix in the atmosphere perfect for a severe weather outbreak.

Meanwhile in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Kate has formed near the Bahamas.

Fortunately for the United States, this storm is expected to remain a tropical storm and stay in the Atlantic well away from the U.S. coast.

Hurricane season doesn’t officially end until the end of this month, so meteorologists are still keeping a close eye on the Atlantic.

As for those severe thunderstorms, a big outbreak isn’t all that uncommon this late in the year. Weather patterns are changing in the fall, which means the jet stream is fluctuating more than usual and big temperature swings are commonplace — two ingredients for severe thunderstorms.

It was two years ago when the Midwest experienced a tornado outbreak resulting in 73 confirmed tornadoes.

It’s all the more reason to pay close attention to the weather and be prepared for the next big storm.

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