Focusing on Saturday

day2probotlk_0600_anyIt looks like the day with the biggest severe thunderstorm potential coming up is Saturday.

I was originally planning on making Saturday a travel day, but after reviewing data over the past few days, I now plan to arrive in the Plains Saturday afternoon. A relatively strong storm system for this time of the year is forecast to move from the northern Rockies into the northern Plains on Saturday. Severe thunderstorms with large hail, damaging wind and possible tornadoes are in the forecast late Saturday afternoon into Saturday night.

Right now, the main focus is on eastern Nebraska and surrounding areas. The plan is to leave Connecticut this evening and drive non-stop. That should put me into eastern Nebraska by 4-5 p.m. Saturday, if I make good time. Obviously I would like to arrive sooner, if possible, but I’ll see what I can do.

Storms should begin to fire after 5 p.m. with storms really blowing up between 7 and 9 p.m. After that, severe storms could easily continue into the overnight hours, but night chasing is rough and I will need all the rest I can get after such a long drive.

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Quincy is a meteorologist and storm chaser who travels around the country documenting and researching severe weather. He has on-air experience with stations such as WTNH-TV in New Haven, CT and WREX-TV in Rockford, IL. He was most recently a digital meteorologist for After achieving his B.S. degree in Meteorology at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) in 2009, he returned as a University Assistant to help produce weather broadcasts. He also gave guest lectures and worked on website design. He has over nine years of professional weather forecasting experience and his forecasts have been featured in newspapers and on radio stations in multiple states.

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