Severe Thunderstorms Possible in Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas

June 8, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Severe thunderstorms in Oklahoma and on the central southern Plains might be a possibility on Saturday, it was reported. reported Saturday that the “combination of a dip in the jet stream and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will act to spark severe thunderstorms from Nebraska and western Iowa, southwestward through Kansas and the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles this afternoon.”

The thunderstorms could produce hail, downpours, and winds of more than 50 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service notes that “the air mass has become moderately unstable along the south central” Nebraska and central Kansas border to the Oklahoma and Texas pandhandles.

Accuweather’s tornado expert, Mike Smith, also noted that “there is a threat for a tornado or two on an Omaha-to-Dodge City axis in the late afternoon and early evening of Saturday.”

He said the tornado threat is lower compared with last week’s outbreak, which created the widest tornado on record in El Reno, Okla.

“Central Oklahoma has more tornadoes per square mile than anywhere on Earth,” Smith told USA Today on Saturday.