Thursday July 26, 2012

The National Weather Service is urging Berkshire County residents to be on alert today for potentially severe thunderstorms, including super cells with damaging winds above 50 miles an hour, large hail and even a possible tornado or two.

The greatest threat for stormy weather is south of the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) but the entire county, as well as nearby eastern New York, is in the cross-hairs of a storm system advancing from the Ohio Valley.

The extremely unstable conditions are caused by a strong pool of warm air that is expected to collide with cool air still hovering over the region as of mid-morning.

According to government forecasters in Albany, N.Y., the risk for severe storms will be highest during the afternoon and evening. Potential thunderstorms and rain showers will continue through the first half of the weekend, bringing the possibility of at least some relief from the extremely dry conditions afflicting the area.

The lack of rainfall so far this year has prompted at least four communities to impose lawn-watering restrictions. Lenox has now joined Pittsfield, Dalton and Hinsdale in requiring residents to curb their use of water, at least until more rainfall eases the near-drought.

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