Originally Posted by TimfromSpfdIL
Comcast has been dropping Weatherscan (from the Weather Channel) in other parts of the country in recent years, but so far the Springfield area has been spared--until Oct. 10. My new bill announced that Weatherscan (cable 17; 1101 on the 4di lineup) will no longer be available locally starting Oct. 10.
Tomorrow is the day that Comcast is scheduled to drop Weatherscan from our local lineup.
And ironically the southern half of Sangamon County (south of I-72) is currently slated to be under a Marginal Risk for severe weather tomorrow:
(discussion posted below and does mention the possibility of brief tornadoes):
...Middle Mississippi Valley...
Shortwave trough situated over the southern Rockies will reach the
middle MS Valley Tuesday afternoon while taking on a negative tilt.
By mid afternoon the associated weak surface cyclone is forecast to
be over southeast MO or southern IL with trailing cold front through
eastern AR and the western Gulf. Warm front will extend eastward
from the low through the southern portion of the Ohio Valley. Rich
low-level moisture with upper 60s to lower 70s F dewpoints will
advect through warm sector. However, MLCAPE should remain at or
below 1000 J/kg due to warm temperatures aloft that will limit
mid-level lapse rates to below 6 C/km. Showers and storms may be
ongoing within corridor of isentropic ascent north of the warm front
from northern MO into southern IL. At least partial clearing will
promote destabilization in warm sector, and storms should redevelop
within zone of frontal forcing and DCVA during the afternoon.
Effective bulk shear from 45-55 kt will support potential for
mid-level updraft rotation, but weak surface to 700 mb winds will
result in relatively small 0-3 km hodographs except slightly larger
near warm front where low-level winds will remain backed to
east-southeasterly. This in conjunction with the expected marginal
thermodynamic environment should serve as limiting factors for a
more robust severe threat, though a few storms might produce strong
wind gusts, some hail and perhaps a brief tornado.