3PM UPDATE: Moderate Risk Of Severe Storms

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>>>MODERATE RISK STILL IN PLACE
>>>WATCH TO BE ISSUED SHORTLY

As of 3:00pm the radar remains quiet over the local area, however that may change over the next several hours.

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A special atmospheric profiling was taken at noon from the NWS in the Quad Cities. This sounding showed the presence of what is known as a "cap". This is an area of warm air aloft above the surface that acts to prevent rising motion. So far, this cap has held thunderstorm development at bay over the local area. However, some models do show this cap weakening as the afternoon and evening progresses, so for that reason severe storms are still a possibility as we head through the next several hours. Any storm that can develop will become severe rapidly with explosive amounts of instability present. Large, hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes still remain possible. Make sure you have a way to receive watches and warnings as we head through the late afternoon and early evening hours.

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