The National Weather Service is already warning about a possible outbreak of severe thunderstorms and even tornadoes next week, particularly Tuesday afternoon and night.
Here is the latest Hazardous Weather Outlook from the Paducah office:
SCATTERED TO NUMEROUS THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TUESDAY...MAINLY OVER SOUTHEAST MISSOURI. WIDESPREAD THUNDERSTORMS ARE THEN EXPECTED TO SWEEP EASTWARD THROUGH THE ENTIRE AREA TUESDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY WEDNESDAY. A FEW STRONG TO SEVERE STORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI TUESDAY...BUT A SIGNIFICANT OUTBREAK OF SEVERE STORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE OVER THE ENTIRE AREA TUESDAY EVENING AND INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS. LARGE HAIL... DAMAGING WINDS... AND TORNADOES WILL ALL BE POSSIBLE TUESDAY NIGHT. AT THIS TIME...SEVERE WEATHER TUESDAY NIGHT IS MOST LIKELY OVER SOUTHEAST MISSOURI.
The forecast calls for a 70% chance of precipitation Tuesday night, which shows an unusual level of confidence this far out.
It may seem odd to worry about tornadoes in November, but it's not unusual to see at least one big severe weather outbreak in late October or early November as the atmosphere shifts from fall to winter patterns.
On the plus side, the warm weather should continue, so we shouldn't see any surprise winter storms just yet. I'm too lazy to find new names for this year's Weather or Not naming scheme, so I'm going to continue the series of Classic Rock Bands from last year. That means our first winter storm will be dubbed Lynyrd Skynyrd, followed by Metallica, Nirvana, Ozzy Osbourne, Pink Floyd, Queen, Rolling Stones, Styx, Tesla, U2, Van Halen, Whitesnake, Xanadu, Yes, and ZZ Top.
I fully expect Winter Storm Ozzy Osbourne to be the biggest storm of them all.