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Keep your eye to the sky

Jeff Caldwell 05/21/2013 @ 11:01am Multimedia Editor for Agriculture.com and Successful Farming magazine.

Severe weather's suddenly gone from a sporadic spring occurrence to a national headline. But even as the headlines begin to fade in frequency after storms like those that ravaged parts of Oklahoma Monday night, the focus on Mother Nature's most dangerous side shouldn't lighten.

The next few days feature strong chances of severe weather at points all around the nation's midsection, including areas adjacent to where tornadoes have fired up in the central and southern Plains in the last few days, says Don Keeney, senior ag meteorologist with MDA Weather Services.

"There is definitely still a high risk for more severe storms later today, although they should be a bit farther southeast than where they were yesterday," he said Tuesday morning. "The favored areas would be in southeastern Oklahoma, northeastern Texas, and north-central Arkansas. Things should quiet down tomorrow, but then the threat comes right back late Thursday, Friday, and even Saturday to southeastern Nebraska, central Kansas, central Oklahoma, and northwest Texas."

The severe window will remain open through this week, Keeney adds, likely culminating with another opportunity for storms to become severe by the week's end.

"I think the greatest threat with the next round will come on Saturday, and be across east-central Nebraska, east-central Kansas, and north-central Oklahoma," he says.

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