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Severe weather in forecast for tomorrow

July 28, 2021 News Extra

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Tomorrow might start off sunny and bright, but that might be a bad thing weather-wise for Butler County.

A cloudless forecast in the morning might lead to thunderstorms with potentially damaging winds in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh.

“If things line up right, there is a potential for severe weather,” said Chris Leonardi, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service

A convective complex, a grouping of storms, was expected to form over Wisconsin on Wednesday. Leonardi said this complex was expected to drop into Michigan and Ohio.

As it moves into Butler County in Western Pennsylvania, he said, it will encounter an upper-level disturbance.

“Depending on how quickly that activity moves out, it may hinder chances for a thunderstorm to develop,” Leonardi said.

That's because a lot of cloud cover in the morning will keep temperatures down and prevent conditions for thunderstorms to develop.

A bright and sunny morning would not be a good thing weather-wise for Butler County.

The main threat of thunderstorms Thursday would come in the form of damaging winds in the 50 to 60 mph range, not heavy rainfall.

A portion of this story is shared with you as a digital media exclusive. To read the full story pick up a copy of tomorrow's Butler Eagle or check back at butlereagle.com tomorrow morning.

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Eric Freehling

Eric Freehling

Eric was born in Butler and grew up in Winfield Township. He graduated from Knoch High School and later Indiana University of Pa. with a degree in Journalism. After working as a reporter and editor with the Kittanning Leader-Times, he moved to Bloomington, Illinois, where he worked at The Pantagraph newspaper as a copy editor, page designer, reporter and business editor. Freehling later worked at the Houston Chronicle as senior copy editor and the Chicago Tribune as a copy editor on the business desk. He moved back to Pennsylvania in 2010 and joined the Butler Eagle as Community Editor in January 2011.